NATO targets China for the first time in 70 years, said China is a new Russia

Recently, the NATO summit was held in London. All members gathered here to commemorate the 70th anniversary of NATO. Its allies targeted China as a challenge for the first time in 70 years which means NATO is going to focus on China. China has become a major challenge like Russia for NATO as China is a major military and economic power, though not hostile to any NATO member nations. 

Nato has a total of 29 members including France, Germany, Greece, Hungry, Poland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and many others. Since its existence, the prime focus of NATO has been on how to defend the Continent against Russia, but now China has emerged as a new challenge for NATO.

The question was raised during the meeting, whether Chinese network supplier Huawei should be allowed to operate in their countries. And how NATO should respond to the Asian power front and center. 

“China is set to become the subject of the 21st century on both sides of the Atlantic,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a speech in Washington on Wednesday. “China is a challenge on almost every topic. It is important to gain a better understanding of what that implies for NATO.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, “We see them in the Arctic, we see them in Africa, we see them investing heavily in European infrastructure and of course investing in cyberspace,”

The biggest port of Europe is being constructed by China in Greece. In addition to this, China has a huge investment in Italy also. The way China is expanding its naval power in the south china sea, it appears that China is emerging as a challenge to NATO allies.

“We are partners on one hand and competitors on the other — not only regarding the economy, but we also have very different political systems,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a European Council summit in Brussels last week. “We want relations on the basis of reciprocity. We also want good trade ties with China.”

NATO’s statements will put pressure on Europe to stay away from Chinese companies when it comes with 5G technology.  It will also add pressure on the countries which have already made an agreement with China. Chinese companies have made their presence in these countries by constructing port and airport. 

What if Chinese companies operate the airport and port of a few of NATO’s countries, how NATO will then move freely. So, major Chinese infrastructure projects may come to an end in Europian countries in the future because of the pressure from NATO. The USA is also worried about China’s presence increasing in the Pacific. A number of European countries, including the U.K. and Germany, have already played a central role in NATO’s

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.