NATO formally declares China a 'threat', boosts troops fearing Russian expansion
Madrid: The world’s most powerful military alliance has declared China as a security threat for the first time, warning that Beijing’s ambitions and coercive behaviour is a major challenge to its interests while putting its forces on a potential war-footing against Russian forces. NATO’s new 10-year strategic blueprint, agreed to by leaders at a summit in Spain on Thursday morning (AEST), called out the rising Asian power for conducting “malicious” cyber operations, its strategic partnership with Russia, rapidly expanding nuclear arsenal and its efforts to dominate key supply chains.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands beside US President Joe Biden and other world leaders during the NATO summit. The 30-member grouping agreed to formally treat Russia as the “most significant and direct threat to the allies’ security”, condemning its “brutal and unlawful invasion” of Ukraine as having “gravely altered” Europe’s security environment.
The US and Britain will commit new troops as part of the largest scaling up of NATO defences since the Cold War in response to Russia’s attacks on its neighbour, increasing the number of alliance troops on high alert more than seven-fold to 300,000.
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