First time in its history NATO single out China as a threat
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First time in its history NATO single out China as a threat

  • The transatlantic military alliance considers a build-up in China’s military capabilities and its cybersecurity threats to be looming problems
  • ‘The US and smaller European nations having been working together to bring up the topic of China in the Nato summit,’ a diplomatic source says



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From left, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Nato summit in Britain on Wednesday. Photo: EPA-EFE


The United States has steered Nato allies in Europe to define China as a strategic challenge for the first time in the military alliance’s 70-year history.

Washington’s effort is coupled with increasing geopolitical concern shared by some Central and Eastern European countries, according to diplomatic sources.

But other major European leaders were quick to keep China on their side – at least to a certain extent – after the Nato summit in Britain came to a close on Wednesday.

China’s growing global power offered “both opportunities but also challenges,” Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday, citing a build-up in military capabilities as a looming threat.

From left, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Nato summit in Britain on Wednesday. Photo: EPA-EFEFrom left, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Nato summit in Britain on Wednesday. Photo: EPA-EFE
From left, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Nato summit in Britain on Wednesday. Photo: EPA-EFE

The United States has steered Nato allies in Europe to define China as a strategic challenge for the first time in the military alliance’s 70-year history.

Washington’s effort is coupled with increasing geopolitical concern shared by some Central and Eastern European countries, according to diplomatic sources.

But other major European leaders were quick to keep China on their side – at least to a certain extent – after the Nato summit in Britain came to a close on Wednesday.

China’s growing global power offered “both opportunities but also challenges,” Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday, citing a build-up in military capabilities as a looming threat.

A Central European diplomatic source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said smaller nations in this region “are increasingly feeling the heat of China’s presence”.

“The US and smaller European nations having been working together to bring up the topic of China in the Nato summit,” he added.


In a statement issued after meetings concluded, Nato leaders said: “We recognise that China’s growing influence and international policies present both opportunities and challenges that we need to address together as an alliance.”

While the US and to a certain extent France are concerned about China’s military presence in the Indian and Pacific oceans, the Nato’s overall consensus concerns its cybersecurity threats.

Julie Smith, a national security adviser to Joe Biden when he was US vice-president, raised multiple China-related issues that should concern the alliance.

“Nato leaders should task the alliance to tackle several additional questions,” she was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times of London this week.

“What are the implications of China’s recent port acquisitions in Europe? How worried should the alliance be about China’s ever-closer relationship with Russia? How will China’s huge investments in artificial intelligence affect Nato’s technological edge?”

The US also kept up its pressure on European nations not to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies to build their next-generation 5G mobile technology.


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