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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

NATO, Asian Partners Counter China Under U.S. Leadership

In the third year of the war in Ukraine, NATO is set to deepen relations with its four Indo-Pacific partners, which, although not part of the military alliance, are gaining prominence as Russia and China forge closer ties to counter the United States and the two Koreas support opposing sides of the conflict in Europe, Didi Tang and researcher Chen Wanqing reported for the Associated Press (AP).

The leaders of New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea will attend the NATO summit. I Photo: NATO Facebook

The leaders of New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea will attend the NATO summit, which starts Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for the third year in a row, while Australia will send its deputy prime minister.

China will be following the summit closely, worried by the alliance’s growing interest beyond Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

“Increasingly, partners in Europe see challenges halfway around the world in Asia as being relevant to them, just as partners in Asia see challenges halfway around the world in Europe as being relevant to them,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last week at the Brookings Institution.

America’s top diplomat said the US has been working to break down barriers between European alliances, Asian coalitions, and other partners worldwide.

“That’s part of the new landscape, the new geometry that we’ve put in place.”

Countries with shared security concerns are strengthening ties as competition escalates between the US and China.

Washington is trying to curb Beijing’s ambition to challenge the US-led world order, which the Chinese government dismisses as a Cold War mentality aimed at containing China’s inevitable rise.

On Monday, Beijing responded angrily to unconfirmed reports that NATO and its four Indo-Pacific partners are expected to release a document laying out their relationship and ability to respond jointly to threats from cyberattacks and disinformation.


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