Common policy is also for China & it must be strengthened: NATO Chief

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg recently stated that the transatlantic alliance’s leaders should forge a more united front against China, which does not share the group’s values.

“China is not a country that shares our values. We see how they repress democratic protest in Hong Kong, how they oppress minorities such as the Uyghurs, and how they use modern technology to spy on their own populations in ways we have never seen before “Stoltenberg stated to the Canadian public broadcaster CBC. “This underscores the critical nature of NATO developing and strengthening a policy toward China,” the NATO chief added.

Noting Beijing’s growing military might, Stoltenberg added that China has the world’s second-largest defence budget, the world’s largest navy, and is investing heavily in new military hardware, which “affects our security.”

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“China’s rise is defining our transatlantic bond’s security. Naturally, China’s rise presents an opportunity for our economies. However, we must engage China on issues such as climate change and arms control, despite the fact that China has the world’s largest economy and navy.”

This comes as US President Joe Biden arrives in Brussels from the United Kingdom, just as the leaders of NATO’s 29 other member countries gather for the Monday summit.

On Sunday, in the Carbis Bay communique, the G7 leaders, including Biden, urged China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Xinjiang, where Beijing is accused of grave human rights violations against the Uyghurs. Additionally, the statement alluded to Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong.

“…we will promote our values by urging China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, particularly in relation to Xinjiang, as well as the rights, freedoms, and high degree of autonomy enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Basic Law for Hong Kong,” the communique stated.

source: ANI

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