Beijing brushes off NATO fears of China ‘challenges’ Dec 06, 2019 0 584 12345 AFPBeijingChina on Thursday denied posing a threat to other countries, insisting it is a “peaceful power” after NATO members signed a statement acknowledging the “challenges” posed by Beijing for the first time.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance had to jointly tackle China’s growing military capabilities, which include missiles that could reach Europe and the United States.The alliance said in a declaration Wednesday it recognised that “China’s growing influence and international policies present both opportunities and challenges” after a summit in London of leaders from NATO’s 29 member states.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Thursday that “the growth of China’s power is the growth of peaceful power” and that “there is not necessarily a connection between the threat and the size of a country”.Speaking at a regular press conference, she said “the largest threat facing the world today is unilateralism and bullying actions,” making a thinly veiled reference to the US.“Even American allies have been harmed,” she added.The two-day summit in London was overshadowed by bad blood with Donald Trump branding Canada’s prime minister “two-faced” after a group of allied leaders were caught on video at a Buckingham Palace reception mocking the US president’s rambling press appearances.NATO’s summit declaration also stressed the need for “secure and resilient” communications, particularly 5G infrastructure.This points to growing anxiety in NATO and the West at large about the role of Chinese companies, particularly Huawei, in building the networks needed for the next.Meanwhile, in the Asia-Pacific region more see China as the biggest threat, including half of Japanese and 62 percent of Filipinos. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Afghan mourners demand justice for slain Japanese ‘hero’ Dec 06, 2019 0 104 Alleged Indian rape victim set on fire on way to court hearing Dec 06, 2019 0 1116 TYPHOON KAMMURI DEATH TOLL HITS 13 IN PHILIPPINES Dec 06, 2019 0 111 Philippines refuses to pay $200 mn to water distributors DPA Manila The Philippine government will not pay over 10 billion pesos (200 million dollars) in compensation for alleged revenue losses to two water distributors as ordered by an international arbitration court in .. Indonesia sacks airline CEO over smuggling allegations Jakarta: Indonesia’s state-owned enterprises minister has fired the head of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia for allegedly smuggling high-end motorcycle parts on the delivery flight from France of the airline’s new .. China gifts El Salvador new stadium, library after Taiwan switch Beijing: China has agreed to pay for a new national stadium and library in El Salvador as part of an infrastructure package promised to the country after it switched allegiance from Taiwan to Beijing. “President Xi .. Bangladesh begins crackdown against soot-emitting brick kilns Dhaka: Bangladesh has launched a crackdown against hundreds of soot-belching brick kilns to reduce smog in its capital Dhaka, one of the most polluted cities in the world in terms of air quality. “We have either .. Pakistan PM launches ‘Digital Pakistan’ initiative tribune.com.pk Islamabad Prime Minister Imran Khan launched on Thursday ‘Digital Pakistan’, a government’s initiative aimed at introducing latest technology for public welfare. Addressing the inauguration .. Japan unveils $120 bn stimulus package AFP Tokyo Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled $120 billion in stimulus measures on Thursday, to help the world’s third largest economy overcome the aftermath of the nation’s recent natural disasters. The ..