China urges NATO to abandon outdated Cold War mentality

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson on Wednesday urged NATO to abandon the out-dated Cold War mentality and ideological bias, and do things conducive to upholding peace and stability.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks when asked to comment on U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s remarks.

Sherman earlier stated that Russia’s proposed limit on the expansion of NATO further into Eastern Europe is a “non-starter,” and that the U.S. “will not allow anyone to slam closed NATO’s open door policy.”

Zhao said NATO was a Cold War remnant and its expansion was typical bloc politics, noting that China firmly opposed all kinds of small cliques, and rejected the beggar-thy-neighbour approach and efforts to stoke geopolitical conflicts.

“China champions a new thinking on common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security and believes that all countries and their people should enjoy security together and jointly rise up to all kinds of problems and challenges.

“We hope all relevant sides can fully consider each other’s legitimate security concerns, avoid antagonism and confrontation, and properly address differences and disputes through equal consultation on the basis of mutual respect,” he said. 

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