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NATO to Label China ‘Systemic Challenge’ in Strategic Plan

  • Madrid summit set to approve strategic outlook this week
  • China won’t be called an adversary, people familiar say
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WATCH: NATO is set to label China a “systemic challenge” when the alliance’s leaders meet this week. Stephen Engle reports.Source: Bloomberg
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NATO is set to label China a “systemic challenge” when it outlines its new policy guidelines this week, while also highlighting Beijing’s deepening partnership with Russia, according to people familiar with the matter. 

The so-called Strategic Concept document will outline the alliance’s priorities for the coming decade, and is due to be signed off by NATO leaders at a summit in Madrid this week. The previous version, published in 2010, made no mention of China and referred to Russia as a partner, wording that is set to be scrapped.