Russia and China warn NATO to stay away from Asia.

On Tuesday, top diplomats from Moscow and Beijing accused NATO of seeking ways into the Asia-Pacific and warned the transatlantic alliance “not to extend its hands toward our common home.”

At the press conference after his meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also said that both had proposed a “new security architecture in Eurasia, as Euro-Atlantic mechanisms continue to decline and destroy themselves,” according to the Russian state news outlet TASS.

Beijing sees the prospect of NATO, a Western military alliance, extending its reach into Asia as a direct challenge to its regional influence as well as a security issue. He is also concerned about the encirclement, a fear already shared by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who cited the alleged NATO invasion as justification for launching his invasion of Ukraine.

“We have talked a lot about the need to ensure security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, where the United States continues to pursue a policy of military alliances and private policies with limited members that are clearly directed against China and Russia,” Lavrov declared.

He said the United States and its allies are also “promoting their bloc-based approaches here, with particular emphasis on the need for the North Atlantic Alliance to enter the region.”

At their meeting, Wang had proposed a policy of “double opposition” to Western obstruction of “a multipolar world order and “democratization and justice,” according to Lavrov.

“Any comments or actions that cause division or lead to confrontation are not welcome in the Asia-Pacific and have no future,” Wang told reporters.

Russia and China warn NATO to stay away from Asia.

Wang said both countries also oppose hegemonism, power politics and the monopoly of world affairs by a few nations, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Lavrov was in the Chinese capital to commemorate the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the People’s Republic of China and Russia (then the Soviet Union). Later on Tuesday, he also met with President Xi Jinping.

In the past, China has fretted about the perceived implications for engagement between neighboring U.S. and NATO allies.

When the leaders of four non-NATO countries – Japan, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand – were invited to attend a NATO summit in Lithuania last summer, China’s diplomatic mission to the European Union said Beijing he opposed the “eastward movement of the 32-member alliance in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Since its invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Russia has grown closer to China, which has provided its neighbor with an economic lifeline to help it weather-crushing Western sanctions in retaliation for the war.

Apparently, drones and components manufactured by Chinese companies have also reached the battlefield in Ukraine.

Michael McCartney