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Why China is worried about NATO expansion – the possibility and context of the emergence of an Asia-Pacific ‘NATO’ – BBC News 中文

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Why China is worried about NATO expansion – the possibility and context of the emergence of an Asia-Pacific ‘NATO’ – BBC News 中文

May 19, 2022

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On May 18, NATO held a ceremony for Finland and Sweden to apply for membership. NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg with the two ambassadors to NATO.

While the Russian invasion of Ukraine continued, the Nordic countries Finland and Sweden both decided to apply for NATO membership. If successful, NATO membership will increase from 30 to 32.

After the two countries announced their applications, the Finnish president and the Swedish prime minister will visit the United States on May 19 to meet with President Biden. This is regarded as the United States‘ high support and emphasis on the application of the two countries to join NATO.

On the Chinese side, regarding Finland’s decision to join NATO, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on May 16 that Sino-Finnish relations have always been very friendly. “Finland’s application to join NATO will of course bring new factors to Sino-Finnish relations.”

NATO is the abbreviation for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The members of this military alliance, which includes the United States, Canada and more than 20 European countries, not only have no borders with China, but are also separated by vast distances.

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