Varna, 29 May 2011 - NATO SHOULD DEEPEN DIALOGUE WITH CHINA, PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY SAYS
NATO countries would benefit from closer co-operation with China given the increasingly overlapping areas of common interest, according to a draft report debated by the Alliance’s Parliamentary Assembly on Saturday.
“It would be highly desirable to deepen the fledgling dialogue between NATO and China,” said Assen Agov, member of the Bulgarian parliament and General Rapporteur of the draft report titled The Rise of China and Possible Implications for NATO.
Ranking first globally for population and energy consumption, second for its economy and with the world’s third-largest nuclear arsenal,
Although bilateral relations with several individual allies are good, there is a need for increased policy coordination and institutional transparency between NATO and
“We also need to speak more to the Chinese, to different elements of Chinese society,” Agov said. “Then we can make better decisions about our relations.”
In addition to its size and growth, “
Furthermore, in March 2010,
“Given these figures, and concerns about them, it is important as an Alliance that we try to understand Chinese foreign and security policy,” he said.
Concerns were also increasing over
The situation was complex, he admitted. “We are now watching an increasingly complex, partially contradictory
Those challenges include a delicate economic balancing act by
But NATO and
The Assembly is planning a visit to
It is one of the assets of the Parliamentary Assembly to “always be ahead of the NATO curve,” said Loïc Bouvard, deputy head of the French delegation and former president of the Assembly himself. “This should be useful when it comes to dialogue with