On June 30, Beijing criticized the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for issuing a “completely useless” warning after NATO published a new strategic concept document, which determined that China’s power is challenging the alliance.
On the occasion of the leaders’ summit in Spain, NATO announced a new strategic concept, which says that Beijing’s ambitions and coercive policies are challenging the interests, security and values of NATO.
NATO also says that China’s approach to Russia is against the interests of the West.
Beijing reacted angrily to this statement.
“NATO’s so-called new strategic concept ignores reality, confuses black and white, and smears China’s foreign policy.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference.
“We want to remind NATO that it is completely useless to exaggerate the so-called China threat,” Zhao said.
Led by the United States, NATO is consolidating the alliance to pay greater attention to China, although some members are reluctant to shift focus away from Europe.
In the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, China still maintains close cooperation with Russia, after the two countries declared an “unlimited” partnership.
This month, Chinese President Xi Jinping assured Russian President Vladimir Putin that Beijing supports Russia’s “sovereignty and security”.
A worrying sign for China is that this time the leaders of Asian countries, including Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, are also attending the NATO summit.
“China is significantly increasing its military power, including nuclear weapons, bullying its neighbors and threatening Taiwan,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
The new NATO document accuses China of targeting alliance members with “hybrid and cyber-attack campaigns, along with confrontational rhetoric.”
A representative of China’s Foreign Ministry responded, calling NATO a “systemic challenge to world peace and stability” and carrying “the bloodstained hand of the people of the world”.
Before NATO announced the new strategy, Zhao declared that “actions that undermine stability in the Asia-Pacific will fail”.