NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, says NATO must join forces with friendly nations “around the world to confront the growing power of China”. He says that China has used “coercion” against its neighbours + then states “And, perhaps most importantly, China does not share our values”. The West does not know which way to turn.
It has assessed China wrongly, for many years believing that China would “mature” into capitalist society and become “normal”. The reference to “not sharing our values” is another way of saying “China is not one of us so let’s get together and stop her progress.” Bring China down a notch or two until it becomes compliant + co-operative. But the horse has bolted and the stable door is still open. China is not about to change direction.
Two points for consideration. First, The EU/US/UK/Canada imposed sanctions against China. Significantly, Japan did not join them. Second, who is more important to China? The EU/US/UK or ASEAN. It is ASEAN and there are no sanctions from ASEAN.
The wind is blowing but in which direction?