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World NATO chief warns: ‘China is investing massively in new weapons’

14:30  01 december  2020
14:30  01 december  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called China an emerging power – economically and " China is a rising power, with a growing economy, investing heavily in new military capabilities," he In an address to Congress on Wednesday, Stoltenberg warned the of the threat posed by “a more

" China is investing massively in new weapons . It is coming closer to us, from the Arctic to Africa. NATO should consider including China in NATO 's official master strategy document, its "Strategic Concept", diplomats cited the report as saying, though it will stop short of declaring the country an

China’s growing military power holds potential dangers for the transatlantic alliance, according to NATO’s civilian chief.

Jens Stoltenberg in a dark room © Provided by Washington Examiner

“China is investing massively in new weapons,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday. “It is coming closer to us, from the Arctic to Africa, and by investing in our infrastructure.”

That unease spurred the foreign ministers of the alliance to dedicate a session of their annual meeting, held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, to the rising communist power. The dialogue took place as Stoltenberg is orchestrating a NATO Reflection Group to identify the transatlantic alliance’s priorities over the next decade — an effort that Stoltenberg hopes will culminate in a visit from President-elect Joe Biden in the spring.

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“That’s the best way for all allies’ heads of state and government to meet, to sit down,” he said. “And at that summit, I will also put forward my proposals on how to continue to strengthen and continue to adapt NATO as an agile and strong alliance.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s team put an emphasis on China’s anti-satellite weaponry, which could be used to sever military communications in a conflict and cripple Western economies.

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China is investing massively in new weapons . It is coming closer to us, from the Arctic to Africa. And by investing in our infrastructure. China does not share our values. It does not respect fundamental human rights and tries to intimidate other countries.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently intercepted and seized a shipment of disguised weapons parts that originated in communist China and was destined for Melbourne, Florida.

The foreign ministers put a spotlight on China one year after the landmark declaration that Beijing’s power presents “both opportunities and challenges” to the alliance, a statement that amounted to an unprecedented display of concern about China by a transatlantic security bloc that traditionally has focused on threats nearer to European borders.

“China is not our adversary,” Stoltenberg stipulated. “Its rise presents an important opportunity for our economies and trade. We need to engage with China on issues such as arms control and climate change.”

Those comments gave voice to the U.S. and European belief that Chinese Communist officials have a key role to play in an international effort to mitigate the effects of climate change. “We’re going to have a principle on the National Security Council whose full-time job is to fight climate change,” Biden said last week. “For the first time ever, that will occur.”

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NATO 's chief said Beijing's growing military capabilities had "implications for all allies." He noted that apart from making technological strides, Beijing was investing heavily in European infrastructure The NATO chief stressed that the alliance did not seek "to create a new adversary but just to analyze

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday voiced concern about Chinese as well as Russian medium-range “We see that China is investing heavily in new , modern weapons , including new missiles Trump warned last month the US could pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces accord, a

Chinese state media pointed to the Biden team’s rhetoric about “the dangers of climate change” as a potential opening to diminish tensions between Washington and Beijing.

“Such a shift in focus would clearly be far more objective than the Trump administration's national security priorities,” a Global Times editorial suggested Sunday.

Stoltenberg emphasized that such climate cooperation shouldn’t obscure the deeper fissures between the Chinese Communist regime and Western capitals.

“China does not share our values,” he said. “It does not respect fundamental human rights and tries to intimidate other countries. We must address this together, both as NATO allies and as a community of like-minded countries.”

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