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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian answers questions during a regular press conference in Beijing, China on November 23, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian answers questions during a regular press conference in Beijing, China on November 23, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Business cooperation based on ideology and values ​​goes against global common interests and will be doomed to failure, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The remarks, made by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a regular conference in Beijing, were a response to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s assertion that growing Chinese efforts to control Western infrastructure and key industries.

Zhao pointed out that global industrial and supply chains are formed both as a result of market forces and corporate choices.

China has carried out solid cooperation on an equal footing in relevant fields with countries and companies, including those of NATO members, which has greatly benefited the peoples of both sides, he said. declared.

If economic and trade cooperation is based on ideology and values, Zhao stressed, it is not only detrimental to the common interests of the international community, but also doomed to failure.

Meanwhile, Zhao warned that as a regional organization, NATO should strictly adhere to its geographic reach and not seek to overstep its power and authority.