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China slams NATO's expansion strategies amid Ukraine war

Iran Press TV

Saturday, 26 March 2022 2:09 PM

China's embassy in Brussels has warned NATO against dragging the planet toward a new Cold War through its "outdated security" strategies.

A spokesperson for the Chinese representation in the European Union (EU) said in a statement on Saturday that the "world's largest military alliance, NATO, follows an outdated security concept."

"It has been expanding its geographical scope and range of operations and using Cold War tactics to provoke bloc rivalry."

"We must stay on high alert and say no to a 'new Cold War,'" said the spokesperson, whose name was not mentioned in the reports.

On March 24, NATO accused China of taking sides with Russia in the ongoing campaign in Ukraine.

Speaking at a NATO summit, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said China was encouraging "Russia with political support, including by spreading blatant lies and misinformation."

The NATO leaders also issued a joint statement after the summit, calling on all states, including China, to "refrain from any action that helps Russia circumvent sanctions."

The Chinese embassy said the language was intended to "fan the flames to stir up trouble."

"We feel it necessary to remind NATO once again to have a thorough and accurate understanding of China's longstanding and consistent position," it added.

The spokesperson said that following the eruption of the conflict in Ukraine, Beijing has been "working actively and constructively" to assist peace talks. "Time will prove that China is on the right side of history."

"In the meantime, what has NATO done? Anyone without prejudice would come to a fair conclusion."

The United States and its European allies have imposed sanctions on Russia, ranging from an overseas assets freeze on the Russian central bank to a ban on Russian exports of crude oil, in the wake of Russia's "special military operation," which was launched on February 24.

China says the sanctions are unilateral and not authorized by the United Nations Security Council.

The world's second-biggest economy, China has developed close ties with Russia in recent years. The two world powers issued a lengthy 5,000-word statement early in February against the expansion of NATO, calling the US-led military alliance a relic of the Cold War.

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