China warns that NATO expansion into Asia undermines peace and stability in region

China’s president, Xi Jinping. – Europa Press/Contacto/Xie Huanchi

China warned Thursday that NATO’s »continued incursion» into the East Asia-Pacific and its »interference» in internal affairs will »inevitably» take away peace and stability in the region, after the possible opening of a NATO office in Japan came to light.

»Asia is an anchor for peace and stability and a promising land for cooperation and development, not a battleground for geopolitical competition,» Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning has said.

»NATO’s continued eastward incursion into the Asia-Pacific and interference in regional affairs will inevitably undermine regional peace and stability and fuel confrontation,» Mao said of the possible opening of a NATO liaison office in Japan next year.

In this regard, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman called on other countries in the region to pay special attention to these destabilizing movements.

On the other hand, and to the question about the alleged assassination attempt on Russian President Vladimir Putin, after a drone was intercepted on Wednesday while flying over the Kremlin, Mao insisted once again that China’s position in this conflict is already well known and asked the parties to avoid taking actions that »could further aggravate the situation».