China's rise as a global security actor: implications for NATO

Meia Nouwens & Helena Legarda /International Institute for Strategic Studies

Image by Markus Winkler from Pixabay
Image by Markus Winkler from Pixabay

In December 2019, for the first time, NATO leaders recognised China as a new strategic point of focus for the Alliance. This reflects growing concern among NATO members surrounding China’s geopolitical rise and its growing power-projection capabilities, as well as the impact that these may have on the global balance of power. Today, China is not only taking a central role in Indo-Pacific security affairs but is also becoming an increasingly visible security actor in Europe’s periphery.


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