On the day before the birthday of the military alliance, which was born against the Soviet Union, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg turned to China.
What we see is that the rise of China is changing the balance of global power. Chinas economic and military rise has provided some opportunities, but also brought some serious challenges. Stoltenberg told CNBC in London Tuesday.
The senior NATO official said that at a time when China is getting closer to us and investing heavily in infrastructure, NATO will not intervene in areas such as the South China Sea in any case and does not want to regard Beijing as an enemy.
Infographic: Stoltenbergs speech at a media conference at NATO headquarters on November 29 from icphoto
He also claimed that China had recently demonstrated many new modern military capabilities, including intercontinental long-range missiles capable of reaching Europe and North America So we will discuss how to deal with Chinas rise in London.
In Stoltenbergs view, Chinas presence in Africa, the Arctic and cyberspace, as well as having the worlds second largest (by country) defense budget, of course, this has a certain impact on NATO.
In addition, while insisting that NATO does not want to create new opponents, Stoltenberg also boasts that as long as NATO allies are united, we will be strong, and we will be safe We are the most powerful military force in the world.
As for NATOs discussion on Chinas rise, Sarah Raine, a researcher at the Institute of international strategy (IISS), a famous British think tank, believes that in the context of the debate over Washington and Beijings handling of economic relations and the provision of 5g technology by western countries to China, such discussions will deepen rather than bridge political differences.
On December 2, the national flag of NATO members was displayed on the streets of London from icphoto
The observer network noted that Stoltenberg has talked more than once recently about the rise of China..
In August, after U.S. Defense Secretary mark esper hyped the China threat, Stoltenberg responded that NATO needed to confront Chinas rise.
He said at that time that China invested heavily in European infrastructure, and also showed a sense of presence in the Arctic and Africa. NATO should work closely with regional partners, such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.
Although the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO is a memorable event, it is hard to conceal the internal cracks.
At the beginning of last month, Frances president eumecron put forward a heavy statement that NATO is experiencing brain death, warning European countries that the United States is betraying us.
This remark aroused a great uproar within NATO, which attracted the refutation of the United States, Germany and Canada, as well as the bombardment of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
However, after facing Stoltenberg face-to-face on 28 last month, markron refused to apologize for the NATO brain death speech and criticized Trumps accusation that European allies should bear more military expenses.
Whats more interesting is that for the upcoming NATO summit, the British media call it the birthday party in hell, and the German left-wing party throws cold water to say, there is no need to celebrate any more, NATOs life will be enough for 70 years.
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