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NATO Leaders Declare China A Global Security Challenge

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks with U.S. President Joe Biden during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a NATO summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Monday, June 14, 2021. U.S. President Joe Biden is taking part in his first NATO summit, where the 30-nation alliance hopes to reaffirm its unity and discuss increasingly tense relations with China and Russia, as the organization pulls its troops out after 18 years in Afghanistan. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool via AP)

(AP) — NATO leaders have declared that China poses a constant security challenge and is working to undermine global order. And they say they’re worried about how fast the Chinese are developing nuclear missiles.

In a summit statement in Brussels, the NATO leaders said on Monday that China’s goals and “assertive behavior present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security.”

The statement came a day after U.S. President Joe Biden reaffirmed America’s commitment to the NATO alliance that has been beleaguered during the presidency of Donald Trump.

 

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