Beijing slams ‘dangerous’ NATO claims — Analysis
The bloc’s criticism of Russia-China cooperation in the Arctic underlines its Cold War mentality, the Foreign Ministry said
NATO’s claims that cooperation between Beijing and Moscow in the Arctic represents a ‘challenge’ signals that the alliance is still dwelling in the Cold War, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday.
“NATO falsely claimed that China-Russia cooperation poses a challenge to NATO’s values and interests, which once again exposed NATO’s attempt to export Cold War mentality,”During a daily press briefing, he stated that NATO should “should” be included in his remarks to reporters. “discard this dangerous thinking”It could lead to global instability.
He continued to emphasize that China is the most important country in the world. “respects the sovereignty”As such, it is under the jurisdiction of Arctic States in this area and has collaborated with other countries to encourage regional development.
Last week, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg indicated that NATO was ready to increase its presence in Arctic. He claimed that Russia and China are a threat. “strategic challenge”.There are many opportunities available for transportation and resource extraction from the region due to global warming. These possibilities could be exploited. “authoritarian regimes”Stoltenberg said that Russia and China were similar.
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Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov scoffed at the NATO head’s remarks, stressing Moscow’s cooperation with China in the Arctic poses no threat to any other country and is meant exclusively for development.
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