According to a press report, China has accused NATO of slandering its peaceful development after alliance leaders warned about “systemic challenges” coming from Beijing.
China’s actions, including expanding its nuclear arsenal, threatened “rules-based international order,” NATO said.
China took center stage for the first time at a NATO summit.
For its part, China said its defense policy was “defensive in nature” and suggested that NATO used its time to “devote more of its energy to promoting dialogue.”
“Our pursuit of defense and military modernization is justified, reasonable, open and transparent,” China’s mission to the European Union said in a statement.
Additionally, it said that NATO should view China’s development in a “rational manner” and “stop taking China’s legitimate interests and rights as an excuse to manipulate bloc politics, create confrontation, and fuel geopolitical competition.”
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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