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NATO leaders concerned about alliance between Russia and China

NATO leaders, meeting at a summit in Washington, expressed “deep concerns” about the rapprochement between Russia and China and denounced Beijing’s support for the Russian war effort in Ukraine.

“The deepening strategic partnership between Russia and China, as well as their combined attempts to destabilize and reshape the law-based international order, raise deep concerns”, read the final statement of the North Atlantic Council, the highest political body of the Atlantic Alliance.

“The People’s Republic of China now plays a decisive role in Russia’s war against Ukraine through its so-called ‘unlimited’ partnership and its broad support for Russia’s defense industrial base,” say NATO leaders, calling on Beijing, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to uphold the principles of the United Nations Charter.

For the North Atlantic Council, China “continues to pose systemic challenges to Euro-Atlantic security”, being “an ongoing source of malicious cyber and hybrid activities, including disinformation activities O”.

The North Atlantic Council further recognizes that others and “several actors, both state and non-state, are carrying out increasingly aggressive hybrid actions against the Allies”.

“We recall that hybrid operations carried out against the Allies may reach the threshold corresponding to an armed attack and lead the North Atlantic Council to invoke article 5 of the Washington Treaty”, explains the statement Finally, in a mention of the article that says that an attack on one of the members is an attack on all.

At the press conference following the conclusion of the meeting, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also left a word for NATO’s partners, especially in the Indo-Pacific, stressing that these partnerships are not a temporary convenience, but a “strategic change”.

“It is important to recognize that the 32 allies have clearly declared that China is a decisive facilitator of the Russian invasion. This is the first time that all allies have agreed so clearly and issued a statement to that effect,” mentioned.

In the final declaration, NATO leaders recognize the importance of cooperation with Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, due to the vital importance of protection are from the Indo-Pacific region.

“We are pleased that our partners in the Asia-Pacific region will continue to contribute to Euro-Atlantic security”, concludes the Council, adding that also the Western Balkans and Black Sea regions are “strategically important areas”.

The summit marking NATO’s 75th anniversary is also the last for the current secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, who will be succeeded by the former Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte.

Under the leadership of Norwegian Stoltenberg, who began on October 1, 2014, NATO gained four new members by joining Montenegro (2017), North Macedonia (2020), Finland (2023) and Sweden cia (2024).

Portugal is one of the 12 countries in Europe and North America that founded NATO in 1949.

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Francesco Giganti

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