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NATO does not see China as an adversary but will try to reduce its dependence

The foreign ministers of the NATO They addressed this Tuesday the relationship with China and, although they still do not see the Asian giant as a “adversary”, they will redouble their efforts to reduce their dependence on sectors such as supply chains and bolster their technology to maintain their advantage in that field.

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“We don’t see China as an adversary. We will continue to talk with China whenever we want, especially to convey our united position on Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine.” said the secretary general of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, in a press conference at the end of a two-day meeting of the allied foreign ministers.

On this second day, they dealt with the “long-term challenges” China poses for the interests, values ​​and security of the Alliance, and how they should continue to strengthen their resilience.

“NATO is an alliance of Europe and North America. But the challenges we face are global and we must tackle them together in NATO.” Stoltenberg commented.

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Specifically, the allies’ debate was held on the basis of a report prepared by the organization on the relationship with Beijing.

The secretary-general explained that the ministers “have considered China’s ambitious military developments, its technological advances, and its growing cyber and hybrid activities.”

“The Ukrainian war has demonstrated our dangerous dependence on Russian gas. This should also lead us to assess our dependencies on other authoritarian regimes, including China, for our supplies, chains, technology or infrastructure,” he warned.

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In any case, he assumed that “We will continue to trade and engage economically with China,” but called for “being aware of dependencies, reducing our vulnerabilities, and managing risks.”

Thus, he assured that the ministers stressed today the importance of “comply with NATO guidelines on resilience and maintain our technological advantage”.

At the same time, he asked “continue to strengthen our cooperation partners in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as with the European Union.”

Source: Elcomercio

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