China on Tuesday denounced NATO’s warning that Beijing presented “systemic challenges” to the coalition and the international order.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Monday that China was “getting closer to us”.n military skills And that Beijing does not share the Western values that NATO was founded to protect.
China on Tuesday responded by calling NATO’s statement “a continuation of the Cold War mentality and the bloc’s political psychology”.
A spokesman for the Chinese mission to the European Union said in a statement that China has always been fair and transparent in terms of national defense policy, adding that accusing China of posing a “systemic challenge” was reprehensible and wrong.
“The number of nuclear weapons in China is not at the same level as that of NATO countries such as the United States,” the spokesman said, adding that “the number of nuclear weapons in NATO member states is about 20 times that of China.”
“People around the world can clearly see whose military bases are around the world and whose aircraft carriers are showing their military prowess,” the spokesman said.
In its joint statement on Monday, the 30-member NATO coalition said it was “increasingly confronted by cyber, hybrid, and other anomalous threats, including propaganda campaigns, and the malicious use of ever more sophisticated emerging and disruptive technologies.” “The rapid progress in the space sector is affecting our security. The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the degradation of the weapons control architecture also undermines our collective security.”
Chinese state media also published an editorial on Tuesday, slamming NATO’s comments and urging member states not to be “politically exploited by Washington”. A Global Times editorial warned that “NATO is a military bloc, so sending a message of confrontation to China is inherently more serious than doing so through the G7.”
The NATO release comes on the back of the G7 summit, where Biden said he was “moved” from the meeting. sure The group recognizes that China is part of a growing threat to global democracy.
While G-7 leaders agreed during the summit to take steps to curb China’s influence, Europeans are reluctant to be dragged into a confrontation with Beijing by the US.
US officials said earlier on Monday that Italy and Germany were uncomfortable with the NATO language.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the “balance”, saying that “China is our rival in many respects, but also our partner in many aspects.” French President Emmanuel Macron said the G7 wanted to work with Beijing on climate, trade, development and other issues despite disagreements, adding that “the G7 is not a club hostile to China.”
During the summit, the leaders agreed to establish an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Infrastructure Initiative, calling on China to respect human rights. Hong Kong and in Xinjiang province, and to allow a full investigation into the origins of COVID-19. It also called for maintaining peace in the South and East China Seas.