China Warns Against NATO Asia-Pacific Expansion

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The Facts

  • China's diplomatic mission in Brussels on Wednesday expressed concerns over any potential eastward expansion of NATO, vowing to resolutely oppose it to safeguard its national interests.

  • China's state-run media also hit back at the alliance, suggesting that the wars and conflicts involving NATO members indicate that the bloc is a threat to global peace and stability.

The Spin

Pro-China narrative

NATO’s hypocrisy and blatant lying have reached a new level as the Western alliance completely misrepresented China’s foreign policy positions. The rhetoric also ignored what NATO has done to antagonize China and Russia. While providing droves of arms and funds to Ukraine and recruiting Finland and Sweden, the alliance has the audacity to ridicule China’s neutrality. China will respond to any eastward expansion that poses a threat to its sovereignty.

Anti-China narrative

China is ramping up its military prowess and cyber intelligence as it looks to assert dominance in the coming years. It is also very secretive about its military plans while cozying up with Russia despite its brutal invasion of Ukraine. Given the authoritarian nature of the Chinese regime and the threat it represents to the rules-based international order, NATO must do all it can to make allies in the Asia-Pacific region and dissuade China from engaging in acts of aggression.

Nerd narrative

There's a 17% chance that there will be a US-China war before 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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