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Jacinda Ardern warns against China’s rising assertiveness at Nato

Jacinda Ardern warns against China’s rising assertiveness at Nato
‘We must stand firm on the rules-based order, call for diplomatic engagement and speak out against human rights abuses at all times’

China has become “more assertive and more willing to challenge international rules and norms”, Nova Zelândia primeiro ministro Jacinda Ardern disse, adding that this must be resisted.

Ms Ardern singled out China while speaking at the Nato summit in Madrid na quarta-feira. “We must stand firm on the rules-based order, call for diplomatic engagement and speak out against human rights abuses at all times when and where we see them," ela disse.

The New Zealand leader also urged other nations to use diplomacy and economic links, instead of militarisation, to strengthen ties in the Indo-Pacific region.

“We must use diplomacy at every opportunity, until it has proven to fail. We must strengthen the resilience of the Indo-Pacific region through relationships and economic architecture rather than militarisation," ela disse.

Ms Ardern also slammed the Russian invasion of Ucrânia and underscored the significance of international rules as she cautioned against a new arms race between nations.

Rising tensions caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine were not limited to Europa as the Pacific region was also experiencing “mounting pressure on the international rules-based order”, Sra. Ardern disse.

Calling out Vladimir Putin’s actions as “an affront to all of us”, Mr Ardern told the alliance not to allow the legacy of the war in Ukraine to become an arms race, “or an even more polarised and dangerous world”.

“This crossroads that the world finds itself at should be the basis for us to put a halt in the production of weapons that create our mutually assured destruction, because the alternative is unfathomable," ela adicionou.

New Zealand has backed Ukraine in the ongoing war and slapped sanctions on Rússia as punitive measures. It has also sent defence support to Europe to aid Ukraine in the war. New Zealand has also poured aid for Ukraine through Nato Trust Fund operations.

Contudo, the pacific island nation is not a member of Nato. It participates in the summit as a partner of the western defence alliance and its fighters have also supported operations led by the Nato alliance.

The leader added that New Zealand was not participating in the Nato meet to “expand our military alliances”.

Em vez de, Sra. Ardern disse, New Zealand is “here to contribute to a world that lessens the need for anyone to call on them”.