China - A constant security challenge who works to undermine global orders" : NATO leaders
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a post-World War II coalition of European and North American countries.
NATO leaders named China a persistent security threat on Monday, saying the Chinese are attempting to undermine global order, echoing President Joe Biden's efforts to persuade allies to speak out strongly against China's trade, military, and human rights abuses.
China's objectives and "aggressive behaviour create structural risks to the rules-based international order and regions crucial to alliance security," the leaders said in a summit declaration. The warning to China comes as Biden intensifies his efforts to get allies to speak out in unison over China's human rights record, trade policies, and increasingly assertive military.
While the 30 leaders of state and government avoided referring to China as a rival, they voiced concern about its "coercive policies," the secretive ways in which it is modernising its military, and its use of disinformation.
The final communique of the summit, which determined the course for alliance policy, came a day after the Group of Seven (G7) affluent countries issued a declaration on human rights in China and Taiwan, which Beijing claimed slandered its reputation.