On Tuesday, China said it hopes to engage in dialogue with NATO after news of a new report from the alliance that identifies China as an emerging threat. Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, said Beijing does not practice coercion and intimidation as the NATO report suggests.
The report titled “NATO 2030” identifies Russia as NATO’s top threat but calls for the alliance to increase its focus on China. “China has an increasingly global strategic agenda, supported by its economic and military heft,” the report reads.
The report says China “has proven its willingness to use force against its neighbors, as well as economic coercion and intimidatory diplomacy well beyond the Indo-Pacific region.”
One of the recommendations of the report is that NATO should build stronger relationships with countries in Asia, like Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea. The report calls for internal NATO discussions about forming a partnership with India, saying the South Asian country “shares
fundamental interests and values with the alliance.”
The US, Australia, Japan, and India make up the informal alliance known as the Quad. The NATO report says the alliance could form stronger ties with the Quad to coordinate on China’s rise.
Some US officials have suggested that the Quad could be the foundation for a NATO-style military alliance in Asia to counter Beijing. The four Quad countries recently held military drills together for the first time in over a decade, a clear message to China.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the rise of China at a news conference on Monday. “China is investing massively in new weapons. It is coming closer to us, from the Arctic to Africa. China does not share our values … and tries to intimidate other countries,” he said.