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NATO expresses concern over deepening Russia-China ties

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The Heads of State of NATO pose with U.S. President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg within the South Lawn of the White House earlier than a State dinner on the NATO seventy fifth anniversary summit celebration in Washington, DC, on July 10, 2024.
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NATO has voiced profound concern over China’s deepening relationship with Russia and accused Beijing of turning into a “decisive enabler” of Russia’s warfare towards Ukraine by way of its so-called “no limits” partnership with the nation.

Leaders of the 32-member North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mentioned this in a press release following their assembly in Washington to have a good time the seventy fifth anniversary of the North Atlantic Council.

“The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) stated ambitions and coercive policies continue to challenge our interests, security and values. The deepening strategic partnership between Russia and the PRC and their mutually reinforcing attempts to undercut and reshape the rules-based international order are a cause for profound concern,” mentioned the Washington Summit Declaration.

“We are confronted by hybrid, cyber, space and other threats and malicious activities from state and non-state actors,” it mentioned.

“The PRC has become a decisive enabler of Russia’s war against Ukraine through its so-called “no limits” partnership and its large-scale support for Russia’s defence industrial base. This increases the threat Russia poses to its neighbours and to Euro-Atlantic security,” it mentioned.

NATO leaders known as on China, as a everlasting member of the United Nations Security Council with a specific duty to uphold the needs and rules of the U.N. Charter, to stop all materials and political help to Russia’s warfare effort.

“This includes the transfer of dual-use materials, such as weapons components, equipment, and raw materials that serve as inputs for Russia’s defence sector. The PRC cannot enable the largest war in Europe in recent history without this negatively impacting its interests and reputation,” mentioned the declaration issued by the heads of state and authorities taking part within the assembly throughout which it welcomed Sweden as its thirty second member nation.

The historic accession of Finland and Sweden makes them safer and the alliance stronger, together with within the High North and the Baltic Sea, it mentioned.

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has shattered peace and stability within the Euro-Atlantic space and gravely undermined international safety, mentioned the declaration, including that Russia stays essentially the most vital and direct risk to the allies’ safety.

“Terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, is the most direct asymmetric threat to the security of our citizens and to international peace and prosperity. The threats we face are global and interconnected,” it mentioned.

China continues to pose systemic challenges to Euro-Atlantic safety, the declaration mentioned.

“We have seen sustained malicious cyber and hybrid activities, including disinformation, stemming from the PRC. We call on the PRC to uphold its commitment to act responsibly in cyberspace,” it mentioned.

The declaration additionally expressed concern over developments in China’s area capabilities and actions.

“We call on the PRC to support international efforts to promote responsible space behaviour. The PRC continues to rapidly expand and diversify its nuclear arsenal with more warheads and a larger number of sophisticated delivery systems. We urge the PRC to engage in strategic risk reduction discussions and promote stability through transparency,” it mentioned.

The leaders mentioned they continue to be open to constructive engagement with China, together with to construct reciprocal transparency with the view of safeguarding the alliance’s safety pursuits.

“At the same time, we are boosting our shared awareness, enhancing our resilience and preparedness, and protecting against the PRC’s coercive tactics and efforts to divide the Alliance,” the declaration mentioned.

At the seventy fifth anniversary summit, NATO took steps to strengthen its deterrence and defence, bolster long-term help to Ukraine so it could actually prevail in its struggle for freedom, and deepen NATO’s partnerships.

“We warmly welcome President (Volodymyr) Zelenskyy of Ukraine and the leaders of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the European Union,” mentioned the declaration.

Earlier within the day, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg mentioned the alliance will reinforce its partnerships within the Indo-Pacific to push towards the rising alignment of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

“We will increase our support for Ukraine by establishing a NATO coordination and security assistance and training for Ukraine, and by ensuring sustained support for the long term. Support for Ukraine is not charity. It is in our own security interest,” he mentioned.

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