(FiveNation.com)- China is a security challenge, according to leaders of NATO. The leaders also said the Communist country is actively trying to undermine the rules-based order that the rest of the globe tries to abide by.
The 30 member states of NATO released a joint statement this week that said China is enacting “coercive policies.” They also called on the leaders of China to “uphold its international commitments and to act responsibly.”
The statement from the 30 leaders was released Monday that leaders were attending in Brussels. President Joe Biden was one of the attendees at the meeting.
Later on Monday, The Associated Press reported Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, downplayed that joint statement a bit. He said the China discussion “must not divert us from the heart of NATO’s tasks.”
“I think it is very important not to scatter our efforts and not to have biases in our relation to China. It’s much broader than the military topic: It’s economic, strategic, about values and technological.”
The French president said China is both a “competitor” as well as a “major power with which we are working on global issues to move forward together.”
Thus far in his presidency, Biden said competing with China would be one of his most important priorities for foreign policy. He said the back-and-forth between China and America will determine whether autocracy or democracy is what wins out and leads countries across the globe in the future.
To that end, Biden has ordered various areas agencies within the federal government to undergo a restructuring. The goal, the president has said, is to counter the modernization efforts China is undergoing. This includes branches and certain aspects of the American military.
Biden has said that Xi Jinping, the leader of China, is a “smart guy,” but he believes that “autocracy is the way of the future.”
In March, two of the U.S.’ top international officials met with Chinese counterparts in Alaska. It was the Biden administration’s first major meeting with any representatives from China.
Tony Blinken, the secretary of state, and Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, said they had “deep concerns” about China. The Communist country gave dramatic speeches that focused on police brutality within America, which obviously had nothing to do with the U.S.-China relationship.
Through Blinken, Biden has wanted to highlight the human rights abuses that China is committing. His goal is to galvanize America’s allies and other countries around the world against what the Chinese Communist Party is doing.
In March, Blinken told Congress:
“The more China hears not just our opprobrium, but a chorus of opprobrium from around the world, the better the chance that we’ll get some changes. It would be very important if China claims that there is nothing going on that it give access to the international community, to the United Nations.
“If they have nothing to hide, show it to us. Show the world.”