British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says NATO leaders do not see China as an adversary in the same way that the military organization views Russia, but that they must come to terms with the Asian giant’s growing influence.
Johnson told reporters at a NATO summit in Brussels Monday that China is “a gigantic fact in our lives and a new strategic consideration for NATO.”
He says “I don’t think anybody around the table today wants to descend into a new Cold War with China.”
He says the leaders of the 30-nation alliance “see challenges, they see things that we have to manage together, but they also see opportunities, and I think that what we need to do is to do it together.”
NATO leaders are set to endorse a communique later laying out their view of China and how its rising influence and the security challenges it poses should be managed.