China and Russia ‘share toolbox’ to crush West – NATO Ambassador

China and Russia “share a toolbox” of strategies to undermine NATO members, and Western governments must do more to defend themselves against the two countries, a senior US diplomat has warned.

Discussion of the threat from Beijing and Moscow in an interview with the financial times US Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith, released on Tuesday, said: “These two are increasingly sharing a toolkit that should affect the NATO alliance.”

Her comments come as Beijing and Moscow step up their military drills and anti-Western foreign policy stance. China announced on Tuesday that joint exercises with the Russian Navy will be held off the coast of Zhejiang province south of Shanghai from Wednesday to the following Tuesday.

China and Russia are allies with a shared anti-West sentiment. The two states announced a pact in February, days before Russia invaded Ukraine. At a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the two men said their countries’ partnership had “no borders” and vowed to deepen ties in various areas. China has not supplied Russia with weapons for its invasion of Ukraine, instead supporting Putin in the conflict and no longer blaming him for the war. Beijing has repeated the Kremlin’s accusations that Ukraine and Western allies are to blame for the conflict.

Smith said both Beijing and Moscow are working to dismantle the West using tactics such as cyberattacks and threats to critical infrastructure.

“There’s just no question that the [People’s Republic of China] and Russia are both working on the split. . . the transatlantic partners. And we’re very aware now that we all have a deeper appreciation and determination to address this effort,” Smith added.

“We’ve seen them share hybrid tactics,” Smith said. “I think China is watching very closely how Russia is betting on disinformation and things like coercion or energy security, malicious or malicious cyber operations.”

In June, for the first time, NATO officially recognized and agreed to address the “challenges” China poses to the Western order. Alliance members also discussed specific measures to address Beijing at a meeting in Romania.

Smith said in the interview that China “could create some security risks or vulnerabilities for the alliance or individual member states.”

She said that NATO members need to start “protecting our values, protecting our unity and protecting ourselves from some of the hybrid tactics that the Chinese in particular like to rely on.”

news week has reached out to the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Foreign Ministry for comment.

After a meeting on November 30, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a news conference that NATO was concerned about China’s rapid and opaque military buildup and cooperation with Russia. His remarks came after Chinese and Russian strategic fighter jets conducted joint patrols over the Sea of ​​Japan and the East China Sea. US ally South Korea said it scrambled some of its fighter jets when two Chinese and six Russian fighter jets entered its air defense zone.

Also last month, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told Bloomberg that the transatlantic alliance must avoid repeating mistakes it has made with Russia and limit its dependence on China. Since the start of the Ukraine war, Europe has been suffering from an energy crisis because many countries have been dependent on Russian gas.

Putin and Xi Jinping
Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with China’s President Xi Jinping during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders’ summit September 16, 2022 in Samarkand. A senior US diplomat has warned of the threat posed by the two countries they pose to the West.
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