China slams NATO’s efforts to “slander” it.

(Beijing) China on Thursday condemned NATO’s “completely futile” efforts to “smudge” it, after the military alliance released a document the day before that portrayed Beijing as a threat to its interests.

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“This so-called NATO ‘strategic concept’ document ignores reality and turns facts on their head,” said Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry.

“He wrongly insists on portraying China as a systemic challenge and slandering Chinese foreign policy,” he told a regular news conference, emphasizing Beijing’s “firm resistance.”

NATO ruled on Wednesday that Beijing posed a “challenge” to the “interests” and “security” of countries in the alliance in its new roadmap approved at its Madrid summit.

“China’s declared ambitions and coercive policies call our interests, our security and our values ​​into question,” writes NATO in this document entitled “Strategic Concept”, which has not been revised since 2010.

This is the first time this document mentions China, which traditionally does not fall under the Atlantic Alliance’s mission.

In particular, NATO denounced “the deep strategic partnership” between Beijing and Moscow “and their mutual attempts to undermine the rules-based international order.”

“It is completely pointless to highlight a so-called Chinese threat,” Zhao Lijian said on Thursday.

“China is not at all the systemic challenge that NATO envisions. In comparison, NATO is the real systemic challenge to global peace and stability,” the Chinese spokesman replied.

The Atlantic Alliance is regularly denounced by China as a hostile military faction serving American interests and responsible for the current war in Ukraine.

“NATO claims to be a regional organization and defensive in nature. In fact, it is expanding beyond its regional scope and jurisdiction, starting wars and killing innocent civilians,” Zhao Lijian said.

“NATO’s hands are covered with the blood of the peoples of the world,” he stressed, referring in particular to the alliance’s interventions in Afghanistan, Libya or the 1999 bombing of the Chinese embassy in Serbia.

This latest event, which caused the deaths of three Chinese journalists, permanently tarnished NATO’s reputation in the Asian country.

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