China is committed to maintaining world peace and stability, does not engage in geopolitical competition and has no intention of challenging or threatening any country, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mao Ning made the remarks at a routine press briefing in Beijing in response to remarks of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his Asian tour concerning alleged China security threats.
"In the past few days, we have repeatedly expressed our position on NATO-related issues," Mao said. "The NATO Secretary-General visited South Korea and Japan, but he insisted on referring to China, deliberately exaggerating the so-called 'China threat', drawing ideological lines and sowing relations between regional countries. His intentions are worthy of our vigilance."
The peace, cooperation, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific benefited from the joint efforts of countries in the region, she said.
"China is committed to maintaining world peace and stability, does not engage in geopolitical competition, and has no intention of challenging or threatening any country," Mao said.
The Asia-Pacific did not welcome a Cold War mentality and confrontation, the ministry spokesperson said.
"NATO should deeply reflect on what role it has played in Europe's security," Mao said.
(Compiled by Qiu Yue and Lin Rui)