The rise of China is “fundamentally shifting the balance of power”, NATO chief warns
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO chief, has warned on rising power of China saying that it is “fundamentally shifting the balance of power” and urged “like-minded countries” to join in standing up to “bullying and coercion” in global affairs.
Stoltenberg’s remarks reflect how China has been rising up NATO’s agenda.
Stoltenberg insisted saying that China was not “the new enemy” as he aimed to cool down NATO’s internal tensions following reports that Washington planned to pull out troops based in Germany.
“The rise of China is fundamentally shifting the global balance of power, heating up the race for economic and technological supremacy, multiply in threats to open societies and individual freedoms, and increasing competition over our values and our way of life,” he said.
The secretary-general said that the pandemic had “magnified existing tensions and trends when it comes to our security”, with Beijing’s emergence as the country with the second largest military budget asking for a more “global approach” from the Alliance.
China’s handling of the pandemic has intensified tensions with Western countries.
“They’re coming closer to us in cyber space, we see them in the Arctic, in Af rica, we see them investing in our critical infrastructure,” he said. “And they’re working more and more with Russia. All of this has a security consequence for NATO allies.”
Stoltenberg said that the Alliance needed to work “even more closely” with countries such as Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea to protect global institutions and set norms for outer space, cyber space, new technologies and global arms control.