Beijing accused NATO on Tuesday of exaggerating the “China threat theory,” the day after the North Atlantic Alliance summit mentioned the “systemic challenge” posed by China.
In a statement, the Chinese Embassy in the European Union accused NATO of showing “cold war mentality” and wanting to “man-made conflicts.”
At a summit in Brussels on Monday, NATO leaders mentioned concerns about Russia and China.
“China’s ambitions and decisive actions pose a systemic challenge to the rules-based international order and areas that are vital to the security of the alliance,” the allies said.
According to the Chinese Embassy, the term systemic challenge “defames the peaceful development of a country with twenty times fewer nuclear warheads than NATO countries.”
On Monday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg tried to soften the wording in the final declaration.
“China is not our opponent, our enemy,” he said. “But we must face the challenges China poses to our security.”
“Russia and China want to divide us, but our alliance is very strong. NATO is united and the United States is back,” US President Joe Biden said at a press conference.