China’s mission to the EU has explained why Beijing endorsed Moscow’s call for NATO expansion to be curbed. The statement came as part of a response to the US-led military bloc’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who had accused Beijing of “denying sovereign nations the right to make their own choices.”
“NATO is a Cold War remnant,” which for some reason continues to grow despite the Cold War ending three decades ago, the mission’s spokesperson pointed out on Tuesday.
This approach taken by the US-led military bloc is “not conducive to global security and stability,” he said.
“China believes that regional security should not be guaranteed by strengthening or expanding military blocs.”
According to Beijing, NATO should “abandon the Cold War mentality and ideological bias,” while focusing on doing “more to increase mutual trust” instead.