NATO this Wednesday, April 5, condemned China’s “growing alignment” with Russia and its support for the Russian economy, which allows Moscow to offset the effects of Western sanctions.
“We discussed China’s growing alignment with Russia, its support for the Russian economy, and their intensifying joint military operations in the Indo-Pacific region.Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of the alliance, clarified this at the end of the meeting of the foreign ministers of the NATO member states with their counterparts from Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. “All this is very worrying“, he assessed.
The heads of four partner countries of the Indo-Pacific region were invited to participate in the NATO summit organized in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania in July, he announced. “We are watching very closely what China is doing, and any delivery of lethal aid to Russia would be a monumental mistake with serious consequences.“, he reaffirmed.
Jens Stoltenberg refused to specify what they are.serious consequences“. But he reminded that China refused to condemn Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and signed a partnership agreement.without borderswith Moscow. “Trade with China has become even more important for Russia due to economic sanctionswas imposed by the Kremlin to prevent the financing of the war against Ukraine, the head of NATO emphasized. “China is not an adversary, but at the Madrid summit in June 2022, allies saw its increasingly aggressive behavior as a challenge to their interests, securities and values.Jens Stoltenberg recalled. This makes it necessary to strengthen the partnership with Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, he said. “At a time when Beijing and Moscow oppose the rules-based international order, it is all the more important that we continue to stand together as NATO allies and like-minded partners.– he argued.
The reminder of their position by the 31 members of the alliance comes on the first day of French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to China, aimed at resuming face-to-face dialogue with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, is due to leave for Beijing on April 13 and 14 to prepare for the EU-China summit in Beijing, which will be decided between President Xi Jinping and the presidents of the two European institutions.
Source: Le Figaro
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