According to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, China’s ever expanding military power poses some very grave dangers for the future of the transatlantic alliance.
Stoltenberg said on Monday that, “China is investing massively in new weapons. It is coming closer to us, from the Arctic to Africa, and by investing in our infrastructure.”
That unease spurred the foreign ministers of the alliance to dedicate a session of their annual meeting, held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, to the rising communist power. The dialogue took place as Stoltenberg is orchestrating a NATO Reflection Group to identify the transatlantic alliance’s priorities over the next decade — an effort that Stoltenberg hopes will culminate in a visit from President-elect Joe Biden in the spring.
“That’s the best way for all allies’ heads of state and government to meet, to sit down,” he said. “And at that summit, I will also put forward my proposals on how to continue to strengthen and continue to adapt NATO as an agile and strong alliance.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s team put an emphasis on China’s anti-satellite weaponry, which could be used to sever military communications in a conflict and cripple Western economies.
“China is very active in space, and there needs to be a lot of work in space to make sure that we have, hopefully, an ability to see where satellites are and determine what our deterrence and defense capabilities can be to assure that those cannot be used against us — against any of us,” U.S. Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison stated earlier in the week. “That’s just one area.”
“China is not our adversary,” the NATO civilian chief added. “Its rise presents an important opportunity for our economies and trade. We need to engage with China on issues such as arms control and climate change.”
“China does not share our values,” Stoltenberg explained. “It does not respect fundamental human rights and tries to intimidate other countries. We must address this together, both as NATO allies and as a community of like-minded countries.”
Stoltenberg’s last comment is absolutely right on the money. China is a communist country that enables the rich and wealthy ruling class to maintain power and authority by lording it over the regular citizens.
Can a nation that is responsible for a global pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people without ever stepping up and accepting their part in the catastrophe ever really be trusted?
And since when in the history of the world has a communist regime building more weapons ever been a good thing?
China is seemingly becoming more and more of a threat to global safety, health, and security.