China warned NATO
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China warned NATO

China asked NATO today not to “go beyond its geographical parameters”, adding that the North Atlantic alliance “has expanded since the end of the Cold War”.

“As a regional organization, NATO should stay within its geographical parameters and should not try to impose rules that suit it or try to expand or even cross some borders,” said Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, in today’s press conference in Beijing.

He accused NATO of “increasing the number of interventions in a range of civilian areas, including climate change, infrastructure, technological innovation, supply chains, health and energy”.

“NATO has exceeded its collective defense clause in the field of the Internet and space, which should be dealt with by the UN and specialized international institutions,” the Chinese official added.

The Chinese have reacted to the statement of the Secretary General of NATO

The Chinese ministry was responding to a statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said in Spain on Monday that “allies are diversifying their supply”, adding that this is “good for our security”.

“The stability and protection of our societies and infrastructure are now very high on NATO’s agenda,” Stoltenberg said, referring to NATO’s new strategic concept presented at the alliance’s summit earlier this year in Madrid.

“Our current strategic concept addresses the challenges that China poses to our security, values ​​and interests. “Part of that is awareness of how close China is getting and trying to control critical parts of our societies,” Stoltenberg said.

Warning

However, China said today that “the development of the global industrial supply chain is the result not only of market laws, but also of business decisions.”

“In recent years, China has developed healthy cooperation, based on the principles of equality, in relevant fields and with companies and countries from different regions, including NATO members, which has been mutually beneficial.

“Introducing ideological differences into economic and trade cooperation and defining demarcation lines based on values ​​is not in the interest of the international community and may be counterproductive,” Zhao said.