NATO shares concerns about Beijing’s “forced policy, expansion of nuclear program”


NATO Secretary-General Jens Stortenberg urged the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to be transparent about its expanding nuclear weapons program in talks with State Council members and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

NATO Secretary-General and China’s Foreign Minister met at a virtual meeting on September 27 to discuss NATO-China relations and current international security challenges, the Stoltenberg office said: statement.

Stoltenberg revealed that NATO did not consider China an adversary, but he called on Beijing to comply with its international obligations and act responsibly.

Stoltenberg also expressed NATO’s concerns about Beijing’s compulsory policy. This is what NATO said at a one-day summit meeting in Brussels in June, a lack of transparency on China’s military modernization.

He also expressed concern about China’s nuclear expansion, which has received attention from the United States and the international community this year.

The Washington Post, an American think tank, and the American Federation of Scientists June 30 When July 26 China had built hundreds of intercontinental ballistic missile silos near the desert area of ​​Gans province and the city of Hami in the eastern part of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

China also announced the March 18 Long Strategic Nuclear Submarine this year. It is said to be capable of equipping a Julan 3 ballistic missile with a range of more than 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers). The 18th of the Long March has been interpreted by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) military experts as a qualitative leap in maritime nuclear power.

Many officials have warned of Beijing’s growing nuclear and military power, and former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier this year.Why China’s Nuclear Accumulation Should Worry the West? “He argued that China has historically obscured the development of nuclear weapons, which now poses a threat to neighboring countries.

At the meeting on Monday, NATO Secretary General said to Beijing, “Significantly involved in dialogue on nuclear capabilities and doctrine, confidence building, and transparency measures, emphasizing that it will provide better services to both NATO and China. I asked.

According to Chinese national media Global Times, Foreign Minister Wang Yi accused NATO members of frequent deployment of aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region, and that “the region does not welcome military blocks, major power conflicts, or Cold War instigators.”

“NATO should maintain its original geographical location and play a constructive role in the peaceful and stable development of the region,” said the King.

At the meeting on Monday, the Secretary-General and Foreign Minister also discussed Afghanistan’s developments, and Stoltenberg was coordinated between countries to ensure that the Taliban were responsible for its actions and commitments on counterterrorism and women’s rights. Called for an international approach.

According to a press release, Stoltenberg “emphasized that NATO allies have entered Afghanistan to ensure that they will not function again as a terrorist platform in Afghanistan, and no terrorist attacks from Afghanistan have been organized since 2001. I remembered that. “

Wang He contributed to this report.

Catabella Roberts


Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She focuses primarily on the United States and covers the news and business of The Epoch Times.