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World China Becomes a Bigger Mark on NATO Radar Screen With New Report

21:06  01 december  2020
21:06  01 december  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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China is willing to conduct dialogue and cooperation with NATO on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” the spokeswoman commented. French President Emmanuel Macron labelled the organization “brain dead” last year. “ China is no longer the benign trading partner that the West had

NATO experts have prepared the " NATO 2030 - United for a New Era" report , which claims that in the upcoming 10 years, China will become the second-worst enemy of the Alliance after Russia, and that the bloc must be urgently reformed in order to counteract it, establishing a number of specialized

(Bloomberg) -- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization took another step toward making China a strategic focal point after the alliance published a report stressing Chinese geopolitical threats.

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The study, by a group of experts assembled by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for the 30-nation NATO, includes recommendations on bolstering its political cohesion and ability to face new security challenges. China features prominently.

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US Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ( NATO ), told reporters at a virtual meeting that “ China could be a peaceful partner, a good trade partner, but they’re not showing that right now, and I think NATO partners are looking at this, and NATO is beginning to assess what

Kay Bailey Hutchison, US Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ( NATO ) said China is much more on the radar screen due to it's aggressive behaviour and provocative actions against Taiwan, Japan and India.

“NATO must devote much more time, political resources and action to the security challenges posed by China -- based on an assessment of its national capabilities, economic heft, and the stated ideological goals of its leaders,” the experts said in the report released in Brussels on Tuesday. “It needs to develop a political strategy for approaching a world in which China will be of growing importance through to 2030.”

The recommendations follow a series of high-profile splits in NATO. The organization has been shaken over the past four years by U.S. President Donald Trump’s vocal demands for European countries to spend more on defense and his unilateral changes to the deployment of American troops abroad.

“China’s coming closer to us, investing heavily in infrastructure in NATO countries in Europe,” Stoltenberg told reporters Tuesday after the first part of a two-day video conference of the alliance’s foreign ministers. It’s the last such meeting for U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo as NATO waits for President-elect Joe Biden to take office Jan. 20 and anticipates smoother transatlantic ties.

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NATO leaders are to raise concerns about China 's growing influence for the first time in a joint Its security remit is limited to North America and Europe, but Stoltenberg said China 's rising He added that, in the long run, Beijing could represent " a bigger problem but a slower burning one" than Russia.

China has reported fewer and fewer confirmed coronavirus cases over the past three weeks, culminating in a statement that Wuhan had seen zero new local cases for four Elsewhere in China , 46 new cases were reported on March 22, all but one attributed to travelers arriving from abroad.

On Wednesday, in the first NATO event of its kind, the alliance’s foreign ministers will be joined by representatives of Asia-Pacific countries, including Japan and Australia in an online session devoted to China.

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NATO was established 71 years ago to deter a Soviet Union that collapsed in 1991. It’s now focusing again on threats posed by Russia as a result of its renewed muscle-flexing, pursuing anti-terrorism policies taken up after the 2001 attacks in the U.S. and seeking to adapt to the rise of China.

In December 2019, a NATO summit for the first time mentioned challenges posed by China.

In this context, the U.S.-dominated alliance is trying to prevent a repeat of internal political tensions that boiled over in the wake of a Turkish incursion into northern Syria in October 2019 to challenge Kurdish forces.

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China had rebuffed India’s demands for a more ambitious pact that would have done far more to tie together the region’s economies The T.P.P. did not include China but encompassed many of its biggest trading partners, like Japan and Australia Hari Kumar contributed reporting from New Delhi.

The new NATO global trends report shows a higher risk of major interstate war than that compiled in NATO warns that the rise of artificial intelligence and the growing military strength of China and Environmental factors would also play a bigger role, from higher rates of natural disasters to the

Turkey, which has NATO’s second-biggest army, received Trump’s approval for the military operation that European countries opposed. This prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to say a lack of strategic cooperation among NATO members showed the alliance was suffering a “brain death” -- a remark that irritated many countries in the alliance including Germany.

The German government then pushed for NATO to create an expert group to advise member countries on future transatlantic security challenges -- a proposal endorsed by the alliance’s leaders at their meeting a year ago in London.

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Nato: A life after brain death .
The NATO partners are happy about the choice of transatlantic Joe Biden - but he too will ask more of Europe and Germany. What future does the alliance have? © Morris MacMatzen / Getty Images Angela Merkel visits soldiers of the Bundeswehr. It was only a year ago that French President Emmanuel Macron declared NATO to be "brain dead ". That caused a lot of excitement. The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas suggested the formation of a group of experts following these devastating findings.

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