NATO Says China Presents “Systemic” Challenges

NATO Says China Presents “Systemic” Challenges

NATO first pledged to face China’s military ambitions, issuing a statement that Beijing presents “systemic challenges” to the transatlantic security alliance.
The statement follows a summit of NATO leaders in Brussels on Monday and marked a diplomatic victory for US President Joe Biden, who had urged the 30-member strong alliance to stand up to military, political and economic might emerging from China.

The language will now pave the way for alliance politics and comes a day after the Group of Seven Wealthy Nations issued a statement on alleged human rights violations in China and Taiwan, which Beijing says defamed his reputation.

“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,” the 79-point NATO statement said.

He accused Beijing of “rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal” and of being “opaque in the implementation of its military modernization”, as well as of emphasizing China’s military cooperation with Russia in exercises in the euro region. -atlantic as a concern.

“We call on China to respect its international commitments and to act responsibly in the international system, including in the space, cyber and maritime fields, in accordance with its role as a great power,” the statement said.

Speaking to reporters after the summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said there was “a strong convergence of views among the allies” regarding the challenges posed by Beijing’s behavior.

“The leaders agreed that we must face challenges such as an alliance and that we must engage with China to defend our security interests,” he said.

In other developments, the NATO statement said the alliance will adapt to climate-related security challenges, called on Russia to drop its designation of two allies – the United States and the Czech Republic – as “hostile countries” and urged Iran to stop all ballistic missiles. Activities.

The alliance also said it has pledged to provide bridging funding for Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, following the withdrawal of Allied troops from the US-led country.


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