Dec 6 -- China's authoritative media, the Global Times, told the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in an editorial that China's rise should not be construed as a security threat to Europe and the West.
On Wednesday, after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit ended in London, the leaders issued the London Declaration, which said,"China's growing influence and international policies present both opportunities and challenges that we need to address together as an Alliance."
This is the first time that a NATO summit listed China as an independent topic.
The statement also said "NATO and Allies, within their respective authority, are committed to ensuring the security of our communications, including 5G, recognizing the need to rely on secure and resilient systems."
Before the summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the media that China's rise is related with NATO members' security.
He mentioned China's long-range missiles, China's presence in the Arctic and its infrastructural investment. "There's no way that NATO will move into the South China Sea but we have to address the fact that China is coming closer to us," he said.
Global Times argued China could not be a threat to NATO members since European countries are actively developing cooperation with China.
It said: "Some countries worry about China's expanding influence but their worries have nothing to do with traditional security. It is far-fetched for NATO, as a political and military alliance, to discuss China. The US is obviously the main promoter of such discussions.
"NATO has lost its course since the end of the Cold War, and the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact. The US wants to drag in NATO to oppose China, but this is against European countries' strategic interests in China. European countries have no motivation to help the US at the expense of their own interests."