NATO believes China to be a threat to security as declared by Jens Stoltenberg, General Secretary of NATO.
As China refuses to condemn Russia, they now see China as a ‘security challenge’. The General Secretary further announced that they have created a new block of countries to challenge China’s growing influence comprising of member countries along with Finland, Sweden, Georgia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. The purpose of this block predominately in the Asia-Pacific will be the strengthening of ties along the lines of cyber security, arms control, and technology.
This is followed by Joe Biden’s warning to China that the cost of not condemning Russia will have consequences and costs. The military operation in Ukraine by Russia started as Russia asked Ukraine to stay neutral and not join the US-led NATO military block, as that would put Russia under direct threat from NATO.
China on the other hand, last year, has criticised NATO’s military expansion in the Asia-Pacific region as useless to global security. The Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union said in its statement “We call on NATO to abandon the Cold War mentality and ideological bias, respect the sovereignty, security, interests as well as the diversity of civilizations, history and culture of other countries.” The statement further noted that “NATO is a Cold War remnant…China believes that regional security should not be guaranteed by strengthening or expanding military blocs.”
During the last G7 meeting in Britain, China’s human rights abuses were highlighted to which China responded that the facts were distorted with deliberate intensions from a few countries such as the United States.
It seems that China is of the opinion that NATO does not need to expand militarily in the Asia-Pacific. It’s continued quest to expand seems to be the reason why the Russian-Ukraine conflict broke out as Ukraine refused to stay neutral and wanted to join NATO.