NATO’s Stoltenberg cautions against economic dependency on China

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BERLIN, Dec 1 (Reuters) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday he still believes in the benefits of free trade but warned of the security consequences that come with engaging with authoritarian powers such as China.

“The war in Ukraine has … demonstrated our dangerous dependency on Russian gas. This should lead us to assess our dependencies on other authoritarian states, not least China,” he said in a speech at the Berlin Security Conference.

(Reporting by Rachel More, Editing by Miranda Murray)

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