On Monday, the military alliance released a statement after its summit in Brussels denouncing Beijing’s assertiveness. The organization called on its member countries to challenge China’s political, military and economic position.
The statement read, âChina’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 document warned that China “was rapidly developing its nuclear arsenal” and was “opaque in implementing its military modernization.”
He also highlighted Beijing’s military ties with Russia in their actions in the Euro-Atlantic region.
NATO has also urged Beijing to comply with its international responsibilities.
The announcement read: “We call on China to respect its international commitments and act responsibly in the international system, including in space, cyber and maritime areas, in accordance with its role as a great power.”
Beijing’s military exercises with Moscow and plans to set up bases in Africa have raised concerns among Western leaders.
Claudia Major, defense analyst at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, said before the announcement: âThis is not about ‘NATO is going to China’.
“It’s about ‘China is coming to Europe and we have to do something’.”