Biden at the EU-US summit
China on Tuesday criticized NATO’s warning that Beijing posed “systemic challenges” to the alliance and international order.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Monday that China “is getting closer to us” in military prowess and that Beijing does not share the Western values that NATO was created to defend.
China responded on Tuesday by calling NATO’s statement “a continuation of cold war mentality and clique political psychology.”
A spokesperson for the Chinese mission to the EU said in a statement that China has always been reasonable and transparent in terms of national defense policy, adding that accusing China of posing a “systemic challenge” is defamatory. and misjudged.
“The number of nuclear weapons in China is not at the same level as that of NATO countries like the United States,” the spokesman said, adding that “the number of nuclear warheads in the states NATO membership is nearly 20 times that of China. “
“People around the world can clearly see which military bases are all over the world and which aircraft carriers are showing their military might,” the spokesperson added.
In its joint statement on Monday, the 30-member NATO alliance said it was “increasingly faced with cyber, hybrid and other asymmetric threats, including disinformation campaigns, and the use of increasingly sophisticated emerging and disruptive technologies. space affects our security. The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the erosion of the arms control architecture also undermine our collective security.
Chinese state media also ran an op-ed on Tuesday, berating NATO’s comments and urging member countries not to be “politically exploited by Washington.” The Global Times editorial warned that “NATO is a military bloc, from which sending a confrontational message to China is understandably considered more severe than doing so through the G7.”
The NATO statement follows the G7 summit, where Biden said he “walked away” from the meeting convinced the group recognized China was part of a growing threat to global democracy.
While G7 leaders agreed to take steps to limit China’s influence at the summit, Europeans are reluctant to be drawn by the United States into a confrontation with Beijing.
US officials said earlier Monday that Italy and Germany were not comfortable with the NATO language.
Underlining “the balance”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that “China is our rival in many areas but also our partner in many aspects”. French President Emmanuel Macron has said the G7 is keen to work with Beijing on climate, trade, development and other issues despite the disagreements, saying “the G7 is not a club hostile to China.”
During the summit, leaders agreed to put in place an alternative to China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, called on China to respect human rights in Hong Kong and in Xinjiang province, and to allow a full investigation into the origins of Covid-19. He also called for calm in the South and East China Seas.