China warns of ‘consequences’ for New Zealand and Asia-Pacific countries if they move closer to NATO

The veiled threat comes as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attends a NATO leaders’ summit in Madrid, Spain, where member nations are expected to release a new strategic concept document, outlining their priorities and approaches for the next decade. .

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said that for the first time this would include addressing the “challenges posed by Beijing”.

New Zealand is not a member of the military alliance – which is made up of the United States, Canada and a large number of European countries – but is one of four Asia-Pacific countries invited to the Mountain peak.

Ardern dismissed the fact that participation in the summit brings New Zealand closer to the alliance – we have worked with NATO in various capacities before and are considered one of its “partners around the world” – but this is the first time a New Zealand Prime Minister has taken part.

The world times, which is a Chinese state media outlet, says the war in Ukraine is a consequence of NATO’s attempt to advance its security. Russia has previously tried to justify its invasion of the sovereign nation by saying it fears Ukraine will join the alliance.

The editorial fears that NATO is also trying to get its hands on the Asia-Pacific.

“Facts have proven that the extreme pursuit of absolute security in the name of collective defense will eventually lead to confrontation between the sides. In other words, NATO is in no way an antidote to the crisis of security of Europe, but a poison.

“If someone spreads such poison in East Asia, which is called ‘the oasis of global peace and development,’ the behavior is insidious and appalling.”

He says Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand “shouldn’t be at the NATO summit.”

“Countries that move towards NATO, actively or passively, can earn some compliments from Washington and establish ties with the military bloc. However, the interests of Asia-Pacific countries are based on the peace and stability of the region. .”

By ‘responding to NATO’s pacification of Asia’, countries would ‘invite wolves into the house’.

“It is an extremely reckless choice for any Asia-Pacific country and is sure to damage that country’s strategic trust with China, inevitably with consequences.

“Cold War sewage cannot be allowed to flow into the Pacific Ocean – that should be the general consensus in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The article goes on to compare the countries likely to bring “the Asia-Pacific Cold War” to those “people who insist on not driving while intoxicated despite the fact that they do”.