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NATO Labels China “Systemic Challenge”

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Summary:

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has identified China as a “systemic challenge” for the alliance due to Beijing’s “stated ambitions and assertive behaviour”.
  • NATO is a security alliance between 30 countries and is considered the world’s most powerful regional defense union. 
  • NATO has accused China of “rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal”, cooperating with Russia’s military, and being “opaque in implementing its military modernisation”.
  • The 79-point communique released by NATO on China’s security challenge calls on Beijing to “uphold its international commitments” and “act responsibly in the international system”.
  • The communique comes as a victory for US President Joe Biden who spearheaded the effort to address China’s growing military, political and economic strength.
  • Regarding the communique, President Biden stated that “leaders agreed that we need to address such challenges as an alliance and that we need to engage with China to defend our security interests”.
  • NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg also spoke on the matter claiming that China is “coming closer” to NATO in terms of military and technological capability.
  • Despite Stoltenberg’s concerns, he stressed that NATO is “not entering a new Cold War and China is not [their] adversary”.
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