China accuses NATO of “inciting confrontation” after criticism of ties between Beijing and Moscow

China today urged NATO to stop “inciting confrontation” between blocs, after the transatlantic alliance accused the Asian country of providing crucial assistance to Russia in the invasion of Ukraine.

According to a statement from the spokesperson for the Chinese mission to the European Union (EU), Beijing expressed “strong dissatisfaction” and denounced the NATO statement as “imbued with a Cold War mentality and bellicose rhetoric”.

“NATO must stop making a fuss about an alleged threat from China, stop inciting confrontation and rivalry and make a greater contribution to peace and stability in the world”, he stressed, stating that the alliance’s observations § are “full” of “slander”.

NATO leaders, meeting at a summit in Washington, expressed “deep concern” about the rapprochement between Russia and China, denouncing Beijing’s support for Russia’s war effort in Ukraine, according to a final statement.

Officials expressed “deep concern about the deepening strategic partnership between Russia and China and their combined attempts to destabilize and reshape the rules-based international order.”

China “is now playing a decisive role in Russia’s war against Ukraine”, they added, calling on Beijing to “in its capacity as a permanent member of the UN Security Council (…) cease their material and political support for the Russian war effort”.

China calls for peace talks, has committed not to supply weapons to Russia and calls for respect for the territorial integrity of all countries, including Ukraine. However, Beijing has never condemned Moscow for its invasion and is now Russia’s largest trade and diplomatic partner.

“We never supply lethal weapons to any party to the conflict and we exercise strict control over exports of dual-use items, including [veículos aéreos não tripulados] civilian ‘drones'”, said the spokesperson.

“The Ukrainian crisis has been going on for a long time. Who is adding fuel to the fire? Who is fanning the flames? And who is trying to profit from this? The answer is clear to everyone “, he declared, appearing to target the West and, in particular, the United States, which supplies weapons to Ukraine.

The NATO summit is expected to host partner countries from the Asia-Pacific region today – Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia -, which Beijing sees as a pretext to expand the alliance’s influence in Asia.

On Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the fact that his organization’s statement was the strongest on China “ever adopted” by the organization. £o.


Francesco Giganti

Journalist, social media, blogger and pop culture obsessive in newshubpro

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