NATO needs to respond to Chinas economic, political and military rise. Secretary General Stoltenberg said that this morning at the start of the NATO summit in Brussels. “We know that China does not share our values and we need to respond to them together, as an alliance.”
Stoltenberg stressed that there is no “new Cold War” and that China is not an enemy or opponent, but that Chinas rise entails “challenges for our security”. Among other things, the Secretary-General mentioned the cyber activity of the Chinese and their investments in modern weapons systems.
New Silk Road
The NATO top mans comments come shortly after the announcement of G7 countries to form a bloc against China together. This weekend, the seven major industrialized countries launched an initiative for a major infrastructure project in developing countries, where China is also very active with plans for a “New Silk Road”.
So, at todays NATO summit, China promises to be an important theme. US President Biden, who has been arguing for a stronger policy against Beijing for a long time, is here for the first time. Many European colleagues think a little more nuanced about China because they have an interest in trading with the Asian country.
It is expected that the 30 NATO Member States are also discussing issues such as climate change and combating terror today. The “Russian pattern of aggressive behavior” is also addressed.
Biden speaks to Russian President Putin in Geneva on Wednesday. According to Stoltenberg, NATO members will use todays summit to discuss that meeting.