China condemns NATO’s cold war mindset

China has accused North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO of thinking “as it did during the Cold War,” following criticism of China at the alliance’s summit in Vilnius.

A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that NATO was confusing “right and wrong” and has “ideological prejudices that China firmly rejects,” reports dpa.

He said that while NATO claims to be a defence alliance, it encourages its member states to constantly increase their military spending, expand their power across borders and provoke confrontations in the Asia-Pacific region as well.

In contrast, he said, China is a “promoter of world peace.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday, after the talks in Vilnius, that Beijing’s increasingly brash behaviour was affecting the security of the defence alliance.

“China is increasingly challenging the rules-based international order, refusing to condemn Russia’s war against Ukraine, threatening Taiwan and massively rearming militarily,” Stoltenberg said.

He described China’s nuclear armament programme as “unprecedented” in its speed and scale, and said that it is being carried out without any transparency.

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