The Chinese mission to the European Union urged NATO to stop exaggerating the “Chinese threat theory” after the group’s leaders warned the country presented “systemic challenges.”
Leaders of the transatlantic security alliance took a firm stand on Beijing on Monday in a statement during US President Joe Biden’s first summit with the alliance.
“China’s stated ambitions and assertive behavior present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and areas relevant to the security of the alliance,” NATO leaders said.
The new US president urged fellow NATO leaders to oppose China’s authoritarianism and growing military might, a shift in focus for an alliance created to defend Europe against the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
But China’s European mission hit back on Tuesday, saying in an article on its website that the NATO statement “slandered” China’s peaceful development, misjudged the international situation and indicated a “cold war mentality.” .
China is always committed to peaceful development, he said. “We won’t pose a ‘systemic challenge’ to anyone, but if anyone wants to pose a ‘system challenge’ to us, we won’t be indifferent. “
G7 countries gathered in Britain over the weekend berated China for human rights in its Xinjiang region, called on Hong Kong to retain a high degree of autonomy and demanded a full investigation into the origins of the coronavirus in China.
The Chinese Embassy in London has declared itself resolutely opposed to references to Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, which it says distorts the facts and exposes the “sinister intentions of a few countries like the United States”.