Portugal: President notes China added to NATO strategic concept

The president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, noted “an important addition” on China in the new strategic concept of NATO and considered that the Alliance wants “a strong position to reach peace” with Russia.

Speaking to journalists at the entrance to a Portugal-Kenya Economic Forum in the former royal riding arena next to the Belem Palace in Lisbon, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that “the new strategic concept of the Atlantic Alliance, that is, its position concerning the coming years for the first time speaks about China.”

“It is strange, but it is true,” the head of state noted.

“It is now a reality. NATO assumes that China is a world protagonist and, therefore, it has to define itself concerning China and, in that sense, there is a change or, if you like, there is an important addition in the NATO summit and NATO’s strategic position,” he added.

NATO’s new strategic concept, negotiated at the summit being held in Madrid, has not yet been officially released.

As for Russia, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa considered that the Atlantic Alliance wanted to have “a strong position to be able to achieve peace” which is also the position “that is being followed by the Russian Federation, and to which NATO responds”.

According to the president, “the Russian Federation has raised the stakes” and in response “NATO is showing that, if necessary, it will raise the stakes”.