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China- no longer a rival, but ‘constant security challenge’

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The reason behind-China’s influence has been greatly enhanced globally and the US under President Joe Biden is quickly building strong ties with allies to develop tougher policies against adversaries such as China and Russia.

Brussels, June 15: China has lost the tag of a rival rather it has become a “constant security challenge” for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 European and North American countries.

The reason behind-China’s influence has been greatly enhanced globally and the US under President Joe Biden is quickly building strong ties with allies to develop tougher policies against adversaries such as China and Russia.

As Biden displayed that US is back again, NATO leaders  targeted China in a strongly worded warning, declaring the nation poses a constant security challenge, trying to undermine world order and is working on nuclear missile development at a worrisome pace.

The summit underlined China’s “coercive policies”, the opaque ways it is modernising its armed forces and its use of disinformation.

It also branded China as presenting “systemic challenges” and vowed to counter Beijing’s rise.

In a news conference after the summit’s conclusion, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the body was concerned that China was “rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, with more warheads and a large number of sophisticated, sophisticated delivery systems”, as well as its military cooperation with Russia and its “use of misinformation”.

Concerned over the Chinese high tech military power, Stoltenberg said “The summit calls on China to uphold its international commitments, and to act responsibly in the international system, including in space, cyber, and maritime domains, in keeping with its role as a major power.”

The 79-point statement devoted three paragraphs and 10 mentions to China.

It stated, “China’s stated ambitions and assertive behaviour present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to Alliance security.”

 “We are concerned by those coercive policies which stand in contrast to the fundamental values enshrined in the Washington Treaty.  China is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal with more warheads and a larger number of sophisticated delivery systems to establish a nuclear triad.  It is opaque in implementing its military modernisation and its publicly declared military-civil fusion strategy.  It is also cooperating militarily with Russia, including through participation in Russian exercises in the Euro-Atlantic area.”

 NATO maintained that a constructive dialogue with China where possible.  “Based on our interests, we welcome opportunities to engage with China on areas of relevance to the Alliance and on common challenges such as climate change.  There is value in information exchange on respective policies and activities, to enhance awareness and discuss potential disagreements,” it said.

  Allies urge China to engage meaningfully in dialogue, confidence-building, and transparency measures regarding its nuclear capabilities and doctrine.  Reciprocal transparency and understanding would benefit both NATO and China.

At an event, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “China is increasingly running up against Nato, whether it be in Africa, in the Mediterranean, or more specifically in the Arctic.”

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