NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that NATO leaders need to develop a stronger common policy towards an increasingly dominant China. NDTV writes that Stoltenberg stressed that China has the second largest defense budget in the world, adding that the largest navy and is investing massively in new military material, which “affects our security ”.
“China does not share our values. We see how they crack down on democratic protests in Hong Kong, how they suppress minorities like the Uighurs in western China, and how they use modern technology to monitor their population in a way that does not we have never seen before. “So all this makes it important for NATO to develop a policy, to strengthen our policy when it comes to China.” said Stoltenberg.
His remarks came as the just-concluded G7 summit in Britain took a stronger collective stance on China than ever before, calling on Beijing.respect human rights and fundamental freedoms ”and allow free navigation in the South China Sea.