China slams U.S. and NATO just before the G-20 ministers’ meeting
China and Human Rights Researcher
Global Human Rights Defence
Just a day before the G-20 Foreign Minister’s meeting, scheduled for from July 7 to 8, 2022 in Bali with the theme of “Building a more peaceful, stable, and prosperous world together", the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian has launched a scathing attack on the U.S. and NATO.
During the NATO Summit, held in Madrid in late June, the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused China of “seeking to undermine the rules-based international order”. That is why Zhao said that the “so-called rules-based international order is actually a family rule made by a handful of countries to serve the U.S. self-interest”, adding that Washington observes international rules only when it is convenient and that NATO “must renounce its blind faith in military might”.
U.S.- China relations lately have been dominated by disputes over issues such as trade and human rights, Taiwan and Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. While NATO has addressed China as one of its priorities for the next decade, highlighting its role in Russia’s four-month-long war against Ukraine, Zhao has accused the US of working closely with NATO to hype up competition with China.
“The history of NATO is the one about creating conflicts and waging wars … arbitrarily launching wars and killing innocent civilians, even to this day,” Zhao said. “Facts have proven that it is not China that poses a systemic challenge to NATO, and instead it is NATO that brings a looming systemic challenge to world peace and security”.
Sources and further reading:
Abc news, Ahead of G-20 ministers' meeting, China slams US, NATO, 06 July 2022, from https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ahead-20-ministers-meeting-china-slams-us-nato-86290652
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting to be held in Bali, 06 July 2022, from https://kemlu.go.id/portal/en/read/3774/siaran_pers/g20-foreign-ministers-meeting-to-be-held-in-bali#:~:text=The%20series%20of%20G20%20meetings,November%2015%2D16%2C%202022.