Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping are working together to undermine the West, in a deepening alliance that a NATO Ambassador has said “should concern the NATO alliance.”

 In an interview with Financial Times on Tuesday, Dec. 20, U.S. ambassador to NATO, Julianne Smith, said: “There’s just no question that the [People’s Republic of China] and Russia are both working to divide the transatlantic partners. And we are now very aware, we all have a deeper appreciation of those efforts and are intent on addressing them.”

 She added, “Those two [Russia and China] are increasingly sharing a toolkit that should concern the NATO alliance. We've seen them share hybrid tactics. I think China watches very closely how Russia relies on disinformation and things like coercion or energy security, malign or malicious cyber operations.”

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 In the interview Smith said that China could create some security risks or vulnerabilities for the alliance or individual member states, and that nations such as the United Kingdom and United States must start “protecting our values, protecting our unity and protecting ourselves from some of the hybrid tactics that in particular the Chinese like to rely on.”

 Concerns over a growing alliance between the West’s main “enemies” – Russia, China, Iran and North Korea – have long been raised.

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 At a press conference on Nov. 30, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that NATO was concerned about China’s “rapid and opaque military build-up,” and its close cooperation with Russia.

 During the ongoing war in Ukraine, Beijing has repeated the Kremlin’s baseless propaganda that Ukraine and its Western allies are responsible for the conflict.

 In September, the Pentagon reported that China is currently undertaking a significant nuclear build-up, which will see the size of the nation’s arsenal double by 2030 – as the threat posed by the anti-British, anti-American alliance of Iran, Russia and China, grows in strength and aggression.

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 Since its first nuclear test in 1964, Beijing has gone from possessing an arsenal of dozens of warheads, to now being set to own hundreds.

 The Defense Department has stated that the number of warheads that can strike the U.S. will grow to roughly 200 by 2025, with the Chinese build-up predicted to make life harder for the U.S. nuclear shield system.

 In August Russia issued a warning to America in the military newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda, that any ballistic missile launched against Russian territory or its allies will be met with a full nuclear counter strike.

 Evidently, this warning intentionally pertains to any ballistic missile, even those with high explosive warheads. Since they will be considered nuclear, experts and analysts now claim that the prospect of nuclear war has risen significantly.

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