NATO nations bristle at China
Islam News – The U.S. has long urged its NATO allies to confront China and take the threat posed by the Communist Party more seriously. Now, as the pain of the energy crisis mounts and the war in Ukraine grinds on, European countries are warming to the idea.
At their meeting in Romania, NATO’s foreign ministers engaged in their most concerted effort yet to face China: Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, said yesterday that the alliance would try to coordinate export controls on technology and security reviews of Chinese investments.
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, said the discussions were focused on reducing their strategic vulnerabilities to China and other authoritarian governments. Areas of concern included investment screening to protect key industries, infrastructure, technology and intellectual property.
Context: NATO was founded as a Cold War-era military alliance designed to contain Russian aggression. China is Russia’s most powerful strategic partner and has aligned with it on the war in Ukraine. The nations emphasized that there was no intention of seeing China as an adversary or of NATO getting involved militarily in the Indo-Pacific.
Concerns: Key member states with major trade ties with China, like Germany and France, are especially concerned that NATO does not stray from its main focus on trans-Atlantic security. Some have disagreed with the U.S.’s aggressive approach to commerce.
Source: The New York Times