Hong Kong media claims: NATO summit may be "harder" against China because of China's support for Russia


2022-06-27: [Chinese Article Link Question: China's support for Russia has deepened, and NATO is ready to take a strong stand against China. As NATO leaders prepare to hold their annual summit in Madrid, observers say that the world's largest defense alliance may be taking a stronger stance against China because of its position in the Russian-Ukraine war. China is expected to appear for the first time in the new strategic vision of NATO, an important document for mapping the future security trajectory and military development of this 30-member group, which will be adopted at this summit. A recent survey conducted by NATO in all member States found that 52 per cent of respondents identified China as a security threat, an increase of 11 percentage points over the previous year. At a recent event in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said: “China is openly questioning a rules-based international order.” The Secretary-General said that China's investment in new and modern military equipment and its desire to control key European infrastructure made it all the more important for NATO to take a stronger stance. This harsh rhetoric contrasts sharply with what he said last year at the NATO summit in Brussels, when he said that, despite some challenges to NATO security posed by China's increased military strength, influence and coercion, opportunities for engagement with Beijing remained, particularly on issues such as “climate change and arms control”. Other NATO members have also adopted a more moderate attitude over the past year, arguing that there is no need to focus on China. President Macron of France said at the time: “NATO is a North Atlantic-related organization, and China has little to do with the North Atlantic. “Therefore, it is important not to distract our efforts from prejudice in our relations with China.” The same view was expressed this year by diplomats from Lithuania and Portugal, who remain concerned about the focus on China – because, unlike Russia, NATO has no direct border with China. “China is not an opponent of NATO, nor should it be seen as an opponent of NATO.” Wang Ruang tweets: “China does not pose any challenge...and offers economic opportunities to the world, including NATO members.” Jim Townsend, who was in charge of Europe and NATO in the United States Department of Defense, predicted that the European members of NATO would pursue a more realistic strategy for China than they had been a year ago. He said, “For a long time, European countries did not necessarily have the same interest in China and the Indo-Pacific region as the US. But now there has been a shift, especially as a result of China’s support for Russia and its activities in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. This has led European countries to realize that matters related to China in the Indo-Pacific region will also affect them.” The Chinese analyst at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies, Joris Till, took a similar view. He noted that the military dependence of the United States and the disappointment with Beijing’s support for Moscow would also lead to greater openness on the part of the EU countries to US policy recommendations on China and the Indo-Pacific region.


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Hong Kong media claims: NATO summit may be "harder" against China because of China's support for Russia


2022-06-27: [Article Link Question: China's support for Russia has deepened, and NATO is ready to take a strong stand against China. As NATO leaders prepare to hold their annual summit in Madrid, observers say that the world's largest defense alliance may be taking a stronger stance against China because of its position in the Russian-Ukraine war. China is expected to appear for the first time in the new strategic vision of NATO, an important document for mapping the future security trajectory and military development of this 30-member group, which will be adopted at this summit. A recent survey conducted by NATO in all member States found that 52 per cent of respondents identified China as a security threat, an increase of 11 percentage points over the previous year. At a recent event in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said: “China is openly questioning a rules-based international order.” The Secretary-General said that China's investment in new and modern military equipment and its desire to control key European infrastructure made it all the more important for NATO to take a stronger stance. This harsh rhetoric contrasts sharply with what he said last year at the NATO summit in Brussels, when he said that, despite some challenges to NATO security posed by China's increased military strength, influence and coercion, opportunities for engagement with Beijing remained, particularly on issues such as “climate change and arms control”. Other NATO members have also adopted a more moderate attitude over the past year, arguing that there is no need to focus on China. President Macron of France said at the time: “NATO is a North Atlantic-related organization, and China has little to do with the North Atlantic. “Therefore, it is important not to distract our efforts from prejudice in our relations with China.” The same view was expressed this year by diplomats from Lithuania and Portugal, who remain concerned about the focus on China – because, unlike Russia, NATO has no direct border with China. “China is not an opponent of NATO, nor should it be seen as an opponent of NATO.” Wang Ruang tweets: “China does not pose any challenge...and offers economic opportunities to the world, including NATO members.” Jim Townsend, who was in charge of Europe and NATO in the United States Department of Defense, predicted that the European members of NATO would pursue a more realistic strategy for China than they had been a year ago. He said, “For a long time, European countries did not necessarily have the same interest in China and the Indo-Pacific region as the US. But now there has been a shift, especially as a result of China’s support for Russia and its activities in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. This has led European countries to realize that matters related to China in the Indo-Pacific region will also affect them.” The Chinese analyst at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies, Joris Till, took a similar view. He noted that the military dependence of the United States and the disappointment with Beijing’s support for Moscow would also lead to greater openness on the part of the EU countries to US policy recommendations on China and the Indo-Pacific region.

Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.

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