Taking Russia’s side, China says NATO should stop ‘confrontational stance’

NATO’s attempt to remove China from Russia’s orbit has failed. Not only has the West’s warnings against taking Moscow’s side met deaf ears, but there has also been an almighty backlash from Beijing.

When Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg recently expressed dismay at China’s reluctance to denounce Russia’s war against Ukraine, he described Beijing’s posture as a “serious challenge” to the North Atlantic Alliance, which has “China’s growing influence and coercion have to be taken into account. Policies affect our security.” Chinese diplomats immediately retaliated.

On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian delivered a lengthy reply to Stoltenberg, who called NATO out of date again and accused it of damaging the post-Cold War security order in Europe. Zhao said the bloc is now attempting to destabilize China’s immediate neighborhood as well.

This combination of photos shows NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian. At a regular press conference in Beijing on April 11, 2022, Zhao hit out at Stoltenberg’s remarks when the coalition chief criticized China for its reluctance to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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“For some time, the NATO chief has disregarded the facts and confused black with white, making baseless allegations, smears and attacks against China,” he said without naming Stoltenberg. “He has made irresponsible comments on China’s foreign policies, brushed off the ‘Chinese threat’ and, more recently, coerced China.”

“NATO should immediately stop spreading misleading and inflammatory remarks targeting China and abandon the confrontational approach of drawing ideological lines,” Zhao said. “NATO has disrupted Europe. It must stop trying to destabilize Asia and the whole world.”

To be sure, China already aligned itself with Russia against NATO in January – weeks before the invasion began and Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Xi Jinping in Beijing – among its nations “no-no”. Limits” to announce the partnership. For seven weeks since the start of the war, the Chinese leadership has offered Kremlin political cover at the highest level of global governance, abstaining from UN resolutions and voting with Russia, even as most Member states condemned the Battle of Moscow and subsequently suspended it from the Human Rights Council – the first permanent member of the Security Council with such a record.

faced questions from the press about buka murders and the Kramatorsk Station missile strike, China has remained largely adamant, saying enough to support an independent investigation, while not forgetting to draw attention to a “very different claim” by Moscow and Kyiv—a stance that has rallying international attention. Threatens to undermine efforts of support for Ukraine and its people. In addition, China continues to voice its opposition to the West’s sweeping sanctions against Russia, encouraging punishment by the government of Volodymyr Zelensky.

But in the face of a growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, as well as pressure from NATO and the European Union, China has opted to back down with an all-out government campaign that challenges the West’s suspicions about its quasi-alliance with Russia. wants to give Government officials, diplomats, state news outlets and political commentators are treading Russia’s line and at the same time building their own in a move to undermine the unity of the coalition, which Beijing calls its own in Asia. endangers geopolitical interests.

Zhao called NATO’s security policy “obsolete”. The coalition “reduced itself to the hegemony of a country,” he said, an apparent reference to the United States.

“NATO, a military organization in the North Atlantic, has traveled to Asia-Pacific in recent years to flex its muscles and stir up tension. NATO is crossing regions and territories and a new Cold War of bloc confrontations It gives sufficient cause for high alertness and strong opposition from the international community,” said the spokesperson, who argued that the rise of China was an opportunity to the world rather than a threat.

Ukraine Mourns Loss Caused By Russian Aggression
Maria Korechko, right, mourns the burial of her son, Ukrainian soldier Andrey Zagornyakon, on April 10, 2022, in Kamianka-Buzka, Ukraine. Since Russia’s February 24 offensive began, estimated military casualties for both sides have varied widely.
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Recent sentiments from the foreign ministry have given China’s state-affiliated media a guideline by which to craft new criticisms of the West. Leading the narratives that appeared in coverage by the country’s broadcasters and the largest newspapers, the official Xinhua news agency accused NATO of undermining peace talks between Ukraine and Russia, along with shipments of its weapons to the war. dragged on.

“Following the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine military conflict, NATO countries have resorted to disrupting political settlement, fanning flames and escalating regional conflict, providing Ukraine with money and weapons, and toppling Russia with widespread and indiscriminate sanctions. hastily joined Washington,” said an April 10 Xinhua editorial, apparently suggesting that a sharp Ukrainian collapse and territorial concessions to Putin were a more favorable outcome than a protracted European war that It will also affect the Chinese economy.

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