China’s high diplomat warned NATO to cease believing “lies and rumors” in relation to Chinese insurance policies in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific area and as an alternative play a “constructive role” in securing stability.

In a digital name with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg Monday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi mentioned “the key to advancing bilateral relations lies in addressing the issue of perception.”

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“The two sides should look at each other rationally and objectively rather than listening to and believing in misinformation only and being confused by lies and rumors,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement. 

The pair “exchanged views” on safety considerations in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific because the worldwide group continues to precise alarm at China’s rising world aggression.

According to a NATO assertion, Stoltenberg assured Wang that the intergovernmental alliance doesn’t see China as an “adversary” however “urged China to engage meaningfully in dialogue, confidence-building, and transparency measures.”

China garnered worldwide consideration following the U.S. and NATO withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan when the communist nation entered right into a partnership with the Taliban beneath China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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Some specialists consider China has made good with members designated as terrorists by the united statesand United Nations in an try to shore up its borders with Afghanistan. Others have prompt it is a transfer to buoy notion of Beijing. 

The NATO chief mentioned member nations will anticipate China to “hold the Taliban accountable for their commitments on countering terrorism and upholding human rights, not least the rights of women.”

Stoltenberg moreover raised considerations concerning China’s “coercive” insurance policies, its increasing nuclear arsenal, and the “lack of transparency on its military modernization.”

He urged China “to uphold its international commitments and act responsibly in the international system.”

China, in flip, justified its more and more aggressive actions within the Indo-Pacific and mentioned it “does not need to establish new military blocs”

The overseas ministry mentioned China’s dealings within the South China Sea “should no longer cause confrontation between major powers, let alone forming small cliques aimed at instigating a new Cold War.”

“NATO should adhere to its original geographical positioning and play a constructive role in securing peaceful and stable regional development,” the ministry added.

Despite the terse statements launched by NATO and China, each events described the talks as “positive” and agreed to develop the longer term dialogue.