15 September 2011 - CHINA NOT TO SUPPORT A POTENTIALLY COSTLY HEGEMONIC PATH, NATO PARLIAMENTARIANS HEAR
China is committed to make a growing contribution to international peace and security in the coming years, but will only do so within its capabilities and limits. Still, the priorities for the Chinese leadership will remain its internal economic development and social and political stability. China therefore prefers to focus on supporting a multilateral, inclusive approach to solving international crises rather than pursuing a potentially costly hegemonic path.
These were among the principal messages heard by a delegation from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly which visitedBeijingandShanghaion September 12-16, 2011. The delegation of 23 members of parliament from 12 NATO member states was led by Rainer Stinner (Germany) and Julio Miranda Calha (Portugal).
Composed of the Political Committee’s Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships, and the Defence and Security Committee’s Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities, the delegation engaged in dialogue with senior government and Communist Party officials, as well as non-governmental experts. A White Paper onChina’s Peaceful Development, issued by the government the week before the visit took place, provided further context for the discussions.
Chinese officials and analysts told delegates that contacts betweenChinaand NATO are increasing, yet remain hampered by the mixed reputation of theAllianceinChinaand the region. Host country representatives and members of the delegation agreed that continued and increased dialogue is desirable in order to improve mutual understanding. The relationship between NATO andChinais the subject of the General Report of the Assembly’s Political Committee, which will be presented by Assen Agov (Bulgaria) at the upcoming Session inBucharest,Romania.
Members also had the opportunity to visit the research and development division of telecommunications company Huawei, Inc, and to review military equipment, troops and training at the 6th Armored Division headquarters of the People’s Liberation Army.
A more detailed report on the visit will be available shortly.