China has launched a furious attack on the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), days before a planned meeting between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The statements by the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, highlight the growing unease between the two countries, as well as China’s aggressiveness in rejecting any criticism.
Last week, at the NATO summit in Spain, Blinken accused China of “try to undermine the rules-based international order”.
In his remarks on Wednesday, Zhao said that “the so-called rules-based international order is actually a family rule crafted by a handful of countries to serve US interests”.
Washington”it observes international rules as it suits it”, Zhao said, adding that NATO “You must abandon your blind faith in military might.”
Relations between the United States and China are dominated by disputes over trade, human rights, Taiwan and Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
China, meanwhile, has refused to condemn Russia’s war against Ukraine, criticized NATO members’ sanctions on Russia and accused Washington and its allies of provoking the conflict.
Russia and China have strengthened their political, economic, and military ties, while aligning their foreign policies to counter the influence of liberal democracies. Weeks before the Russian invasion in February, Chinese President Xi Jinping received his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and both assured to maintain a relationship “unlimited”.
In his remarks on Wednesday, Zhao said the United States “works closely with NATO to heighten competition with China and encourage group confrontation.”
“NATO’s history is one of creating conflicts and waging wars… arbitrarily launching wars and killing innocent civilians, to this day.”Zhao said. “The facts have shown that it is not China that poses a systemic challenge to NATO, but that NATO brings an imminent systemic challenge to world peace and security.
Blinken plans to meet Wang on Saturday during a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 rich and developed countries on the Indonesian island of Bali.