NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is seeking cooperation with “like-minded” countries in the Pacific to face a rising China in a speech on Monday. Stoltenberg said the alliance should take a more global approach, both militarily and politically.
Speaking at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council and the German Marshall Fund, Stoltenberg hyped the threat of China. The NATO chief’s talking points on Beijing sound similar to the rhetoric coming out of the White House.
“The rise of China is fundamentally shifting the global balance of power, heating up the race for economic and technological supremacy, multiplying the threats to open societies and individual freedoms, and increasing the competition over our values and our way of life,” Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg’s list of “like-minded” countries in the Pacific included Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea. He said NATO needs to work with these countries to “defend the global rules and institutions that have kept us safe for decades, to set norms and standards in space and cyberspace, on new technologies and global arms control, and ultimately to stand up for a world built on freedom and democracy, not on bullying and coercion.”
Stoltenberg also said that China is working together “more and more” with Russia and warned this will have security consequences for NATO allies.