15 June 2021 Source BBC
China has accused Nato of slandering its peaceful development after alliance leaders warned about “systemic challenges” coming from Beijing.
Report says China’s actions, including expanding its nuclear arsenal, threatened “rules-based international order”,
According to the report,It was the first time Nato had placed China at the centre of its agenda.
In its response, China said its defence policy was “defensive in nature” and urged Nato to “devote more of its energy to promoting dialogue”.
China’s mission to the European Union says in a statement. “Our pursuit of defence and military modernisation is justified, reasonable, open and transparent,”
It added that Nato should view China’s development in a “rational manner” and “stop taking China’s legitimate interests and rights as an excuse to manipulate bloc politics, create confrontation and fuel geopolitical competition”.