Zhao Lijian, the spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a video that was posted on April 13, 2022 to the YouTube channel of the CCP-owned China Daily outlet, that NATO's leadership has disregarded facts and irresponsibly made "groundless accusations" about China being a threat. He said that China "deplores and rejects" this, and he accused NATO of adhering to "obsolete" security concepts and the old Cold War "playbook." In addition, he said that NATO has reduced itself to being used as a tool to advance the hegemony of "some country," in an apparent reference to the United States. Moreover, he said that NATO stirs trouble worldwide despite claiming to be a defensive organization, and he accused it of disrupting Europe and trying to destabilize Asia. Zhao later said that China has been and will continue to be a peaceful and non-threatening guardian of world peace and international order and development. He then called on NATO to stop spreading disinformation about China, and to abandon its confrontational approach of "drawing ideological lines." For more about Zhao Lijian, see MEMRI TV Clips no. 9231 and no. 8474.
Zhao Lijian: "For some time, the NATO head has disregarded facts and confounded black with white when making groundless accusations, smears, and attacks against China. He has made irresponsible comments on China's foreign policies, touted the 'China threat', and even used coercion on China recently.
"China deplores and rejects this, and has made solemn representations with NATO for many times. As the largest military alliance born out of the Cold War, NATO has long adhered to the obsolete security concept, engaged in bloc confrontation according to the playbook of the old Cold War and reduced itself to some country's tool for hegemony, while claiming to be a defensive organization.
"NATO has been constantly making trouble and creating confrontation in reality, while asking other countries to abide by the basic norms governing international relations, NATO has grossly waged wars against sovereign countries and fired shells indiscriminately that led to civilian deaths and displacement.
"China has always been a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and a guardian of international order. We will steadfastly pursue the path for peaceful development. China's development means opportunities for the world instead of a threat to anyone.
"NATO should immediately stop spreading disinformation and provocative remarks targeting China and abandon the confrontational approach of drawing ideological lines. NATO has disrupted Europe. It should stop trying to destabilize Asia and the whole world."