Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, raises the alarm: China threatens Europe

China also threatens Europe. He does not use half measures Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO, in the face of the threat posed by the alliance between Beijing and Moscow. Therefore, the head of the Atlantic Alliance asks the other western countries to act with more strength and unity to face the war and the financial crisis we are facing. Indeed, China’s growing assertiveness and collaboration with Russia poses a threat not only to Asia but also to Europe. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who called for stronger cooperation and more “friends” for NATO in the Indo-Pacific region. “The fact that Russia and China are growing closer and China’s significant investment and new advanced military capabilities underscore that China poses a threat, a challenge even to NATO allies,” Stoltenberg said speaking at Keio University in Tokyo, adding that “security is not regional but global”. “NATO must make sure it has friends” and “it is important to work more closely with our partners in the Indo-Pacific”, he repeated again. Stoltenberg said China is investing more in nuclear weapons and long-range missiles without providing transparency or engaging in meaningful dialogue on atomic weapons control, while increasing coercion from its neighbors and threats against Taiwan, an island it claims as its territory.

Stoltenberg said China is increasingly collaborating with Russia and leading an “authoritarian push” against the democratic, open and rules-based international order. NATO does not consider China as an adversary or seek confrontations, however, he specified, ensuring that the Alliance will continue to engage with China in areas of common interest, such as climate change. Stoltenberg and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida spoke on Tuesday and agreed to deepen their partnership on security in cyberspace, space, defense and other areas. In addition to Japan, NATO is strengthening “hands-on cooperation” with Australia, New Zealand and South Korea in maritime cybersecurity and other fields, and is stepping up the participation of its leaders and ministers in NATO meetings. On Tuesday, Kishida announced Japan’s intention to open a representative office at NATO.

Japan, already a close ally of the United States, has in recent years expanded its military ties with other Indo-Pacific nations, as well as Britain, Europe and NATO, after growing security threats from China and North Korea. . Tokyo quickly joined the US-led economic sanctions against Russia’s war in Ukraine and provided humanitarian aid and non-war defense equipment to Ukrainians. Japan fears Russian aggression in Europe could spill over into Asia, where concerns are growing over Chinese assertiveness and escalating tensions over Taiwan’s claim. Stoltenberg arrived in Japan on Monday from South Korea, where he asked Seoul to provide direct military support to Ukraine to help it counter a prolonged Russian invasion. North Korea condemned Stoltenberg’s visits to South Korea and Japan, saying NATO was trying to get its “military boots in the region” to pressure the United States’ Asian allies to supply Ukraine with weapons. North Korea also criticized increased cooperation between NATO and US allies in Asia as a process to create an “Asian version of NATO”, saying it would increase tensions in the region.

Source: IL Tempo