Moscow and Beijing are increasingly coordinating their actions in international organizations, Jens Stoltenberg said.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says that cooperation between Russia and China is becoming closer and represents a “new dimension and a serious challenge” for the North Atlantic Alliance. He said this in an interview published on Sunday with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
“We note that Russia and China have recently been cooperating more closely, both politically and militarily,” Stoltenberg said. In his opinion, Moscow and Beijing are increasingly coordinating their actions in international organizations, including the UN. “In addition, the two countries conduct joint maneuvers, long-range combat aircraft flights and naval operations, as well as actively exchange experience in the use of combat systems and control over the Internet,” the NATO Secretary-General said.
Stoltenberg said that at the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels, a decision will be made on the future development program “NATO-2030,” which is designed to strengthen the alliance and find a response “to the changing balance of power and new challenges in the field of security policy.” Among the latter, the Secretary-General attributed “the transformation of China into a self-confident military power, the growth of aggression on the part of Russia, new brutal forms of international terrorism, the increase in cyber-attacks and the spread of atomic weapons.”
According to Stoltenberg, the alliance in relations with Russia will continue the strategy of “deterrence and dialogue.” “We will stick to this,” he assured. “On the other hand, we must remain in contact with our neighbor Russia on arms control and other military and political challenges during difficult times. If we do not talk to each other, we will not be able to resolve our differences or improve mutual understanding,” Stoltenberg said.
Touching upon the topic of China, the Secretary-General noted that the countries of the alliance will strive to strengthen cooperation with the countries of the Pacific region. The rise of the PRC, according to Stoltenberg, represents “a fundamental change in the global balance of power.”
Global system competition
“We live in an era of global competition of systems,” Stoltenberg said. “NATO is the most successful alliance in history because it was always ready to change when the world changed. This was the case after the end of the Cold War, after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, after the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014.” “Since then, new threats have emerged, and we will, of course, respond to them,” Stoltenberg said. “We need to improve the military training of partner countries outside the alliance to achieve greater security in our neighborhood since preventive measures are in any case better than intervention, “he said.” At the same time, we want to strengthen NATO as a political alliance: more meetings and consultation formats should lead to greater political coordination within the alliance,” the Secretary-General added.