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NATO should respect its geographical boundaries and should not try to set its own orders and exceed its authority, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a briefing on Wednesday.

"Since the end of the Cold War, the tentacles of NATO expansion have grown deeper and wider. Not only has NATO incorporated cyberspace and space, originally to be dealt with by the United Nations and specialized international agencies, into the collective defense of member states, but it has also expanded its intervention into a wide range of civilian areas, including climate change, basic infrastructure, technological innovation, supply chains, energy and health care," the diplomat said.

He noted that "NATO, as a regional organization, must strictly adhere to its geographical framework, should not try to set its own rules or orders and seek to exceed its authority."

"The formation and development of global production chains and supply chains is the result of the joint action of market rules and enterprise choices.

In recent years, China has established positive and equal cooperation in relevant fields with countries and enterprises in various regions, including NATO member states, which has greatly benefited the peoples of all sides," he noted.

According to him, using ideology and value systems to draw dividing lines in trade and economic cooperation would not only harm the common interests of the international community, but would also be a shot in the foot.  

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