“Asia and Pacific countries, people, and military groups are unwillingly opposed to instigating division”
Regarding the plans for the leaders of South Korea, Japan, and New Zealand to participate in the NATO summit in Madrid on the 29th and 30th, the Chinese government said, “Countries and peoples in the Asia-Pacific region can engage in any form of incitement to division and opposition by attracting military groups. I am resolutely opposed to my words and actions.”
Wang Won-bin, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, said at a regular briefing on the 23rd that when asked about the position of Asia-Pacific countries, including South Korea, on participating in the NATO summit, “The Asia-Pacific region is not a geographical category of the North Atlantic Ocean.”
“China has consistently believed that development relations between countries should contribute to world peace and stability and should not target third parties or harm the interests of third parties,” Wang added.
President Yun Seok-yeol, who is attending the NATO summit for the first time as a South Korean leader, is pursuing a plan to hold a trilateral summit between Korea, the United States, and Japan, and is also planning a separate meeting with the leaders of the Asia-Pacific region attending meetings such as Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. .
Recently, China has been very wary of seeking cooperation between NATO, led by the United States, and countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
China’s state-run media criticized South Korea’s official membership of the NATO Cyber Defense Center (CCDCOE) last month as an act of instigating conflict in the region.
At the same time, Spokesperson Wang was asked about the plan to discuss countermeasures against China’s rising influence at the NATO summit as one of the agenda items. We are trying to replicate the path of opposition in the Asia-Pacific region,” he criticized.
“This is a very dangerous thing,” Wang said.
“We urge NATO to stop drawing lines with ideology and inciting opposition, stop spreading disinformation and provocative remarks about China, and not promote a new Cold War,” he said. However, please do not disturb the Asia-Pacific region and the world again.”
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