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Beijing tells Nato to stop hyping up China threat

China has told Nato to 'devote more of its energy to promoting dialogue'.

15/6/2021 12:30:00 PM

China has told Nato to 'devote more of its energy to promoting dialogue'.

It comes after a summit of alliance leaders described China 's behaviour as a 'systemic challenge'.

It marked Joe Biden's first Nato meeting as US president.The powerful political and military alliance between 30 European and North American countries sees Russia as a main threat. Mr Biden is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday.

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Why is Nato focusing on China?According to(concluding statement), China's "stated ambitions and assertive behaviour present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to Alliance security"."We remain concerned with China's frequent lack of transparency and use of disinformation," it says.

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the military alliance didn't want a Cold War with ChinaNato chief Jens Stoltenberg told reporters: "We're not entering a new Cold War and China is not our adversary, not our enemy."But, he added: "We need to address together, as the alliance, the challenges that the rise of China poses to our security".

Story continuesChina is one of the world's leading military and economic powers, whose ruling Communist Party has a tight grip on politics, daily life and much of society.The Chinese military currently has the largest armed forces in the world, with over two million personnel on active duty.

Nato has become increasingly concerned about the growing military capabilities of China, which it sees as a threat to the security and democratic values of its members.In recent years, the alliance has also grown wary of China's activities in Africa, where it has set up army bases.

What is Nato?The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, known as Nato, is the world's most powerful regional defence allianceIt was set up in 1949, after World War Two, to counter the threat of communist expansionIt was founded on the principle of collective defence between allies

It originally had 12 members, but now has 30 - made up of European countries and the US and CanadaNato's current missions include offering training and assistance to Afghan security forces, maintaining a peacekeeping force in Kosovo and supporting counter-terrorism work in Iraq

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As well as military operations, Nato has supported relief efforts after crises like Hurricane KatrinaRead more about NatoUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "When it comes to China, I don't think anybody around the table wants to descend into a new Cold War with China."

Nato's tough message on China followed criticism of the country by the G7, a group of major economies that met for a summit in England last week.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson arriving at the summitIn a communiquéG7 leaders criticised China for alleged human rights abuses

and demanded a transparent investigation of the origins of Covid-19 in the country.In response, China accused the G7 of "lies, rumours and baseless accusations" in a statement through its embassy in the UK. Read more: Yahoo Singapore »

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