All regional mechanisms should promote trust and cooperation between states within the region and should not be directed against or harm the interests of third parties. This is what Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said Wednesday about Britain’s attempt to expand the US-UK-Australia Trilateral Security Partnership (AUKUS).
Mao Ning explained that the establishment of AUKUS is essentially a provocation of military confrontation through military cooperation and a typical Cold War mentality, which increases the risk of nuclear proliferation and also exacerbates the arms race in the Asia-Pacific region.
Regarding the NATO Secretary-General’s statement during his visit to Japan that NATO should remain united and resolute to face the security threats posed by China, Mao Ning said the Asia-Pacific region is not a battleground for geopolitical disputes. A confrontation between the camps and the thoughts of the Cold War are not welcome here.