China hopes NATO, Japan to avoid provoking regional tensions

Mao Ning


1st February 2023 – (Beijing) Beijing hopes that the North Atlantic Alliance and Japan will refrain from provocations in East Asia that might breed tensions in the region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning.

“We hope that the countries in question will not be inflating fears of a Chinese threat or provoking a regional confrontation,” she said, when asked by a TASS correspondent for a comment on a joint statement by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who expressed concern about growing military cooperation between Moscow and Beijing.

Mao said Japan’s actions in the field of military security had always attracted the attention of its Asian neighbors and the international community.

“Japan should learn history lessons, adhere to a peaceful development path and refrain from actions that might undermine mutual trust among the countries of the region and damage regional peace and stability,” she concluded.