NATO summit may be staged in the middle of the game


2022-06-24: [Chinese Article Link]  The words “no new Cold War, no Asian NATO, no bloc confrontation” of US Secretary of Defense Austen at the Shangri-La Conference came to an end, and four Asia-Pacific countries – Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand – appeared for the first time on the list of participants at the upcoming NATO summit. NATO’s expansional ambitions are growing as the Russian-Ukraine conflict re-energized from a state of “brain death.” On 22 June, NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg re-emerged on the Chinese issue, claiming that NATO must recognize the “rise of China” and that the NATO summit will discuss the “security implications” of China, following the announcement that the new NATO “strategic concept” document will state its position on China for the first time. It was noted that NATO once viewed China as an “opportunity”, but that the word “opportunity” was replaced by the word “challenge” under the guidance of the “head” of the United States. The four new “partners” of Japan, Korea, Australia and China are participating in the summit, and NATO is clearly trying to lay the groundwork for its East Asia-Pacific expansion in the name of the so-called “China Challenge”. In June 2021, United States President Biden, on his first trip to Europe, announced “the return of the United States” as a sign that the United States would refocus on Europe and restore relations with European allies. In February this year, the United States launched a new “Indo-Pacific Strategy”, which seeks to consolidate America's strategic advantage in the Asia-Pacific region through ally circles and to reshape America's global dominance. The four countries of Asia and the Pacific invited to the NATO summit are important anchors of America’s “Indo-Pacific Strategy.” Japan and Korea have been loyal allies of the US in the Asia-Pacific region, and Australia has been working hard as a “quartet” for anti-China, not only as a member of the Anglo-Saxon nuclear submarine alliance, but also as a member of the five-eye alliance, led by New Zealand. It would appear, therefore, that instead of trying to bring the Asia-Pacific countries closer together, the United States has taken advantage of NATO to create another “Asia-Pacific axis.” More observed, “it is ironic that the United States has actually created a problem for NATO members, since most of them are European countries that maintain friendly relations with China”. According to Eurostat, China was the largest trading partner of the European Union in a row between 2020 and 2021. And in January and February this year, the European Union once surpassed ASEAN as China’s largest trading partner. Indeed, not only the US, but also an equally ambitious Japan, is playing with NATO. According to Japan’s Read-Sales News 20, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shimo Aritoyama, is exploring a meeting with the Heads of State of South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand during the NATO summit to confirm multilateral cooperation and advance China’s “free and open Indian” vision. Analysts have pointed out that Japan has taken the opportunity to hold small meetings, even by pulling “circles” outside the dominant United States, in the hope of highlighting a sense of existence, paving the way for NATO to enter Asia and reshaping its political and military status. As the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang Wenbin, said, NATO, as a military organization in the North Atlantic region, will reach out to Asia and the Pacific in an attempt to replicate the European “group confrontation” routing into Asia and the Pacific, which is bound to provoke a high level of vigilance and rejection on the part of the Asia-Pacific countries and the international community. Immediately after President Yoon Suk-yeol stated that he would participate in the NATO summit, Korean citizens gathered near the Korean presidential palace to protest Yoon Suk-yeol’s contribution to NATO’s expansion to Asia and the Pacific as a threat to the security of the Korean peninsula. This phantom summit has not yet been opened, and it is not easy to see what will happen. South China Sea Voice critic Attention to the “Voice of the South China Sea” headline of the central radio and television station and timely access to authoritative and valuable information from the South China Sea, the sea, South-East Asia!


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NATO summit may be staged in the middle of the game


2022-06-24: [Article Link]  The words “no new Cold War, no Asian NATO, no bloc confrontation” of US Secretary of Defense Austen at the Shangri-La Conference came to an end, and four Asia-Pacific countries – Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand – appeared for the first time on the list of participants at the upcoming NATO summit. NATO’s expansional ambitions are growing as the Russian-Ukraine conflict re-energized from a state of “brain death.” On 22 June, NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg re-emerged on the Chinese issue, claiming that NATO must recognize the “rise of China” and that the NATO summit will discuss the “security implications” of China, following the announcement that the new NATO “strategic concept” document will state its position on China for the first time. It was noted that NATO once viewed China as an “opportunity”, but that the word “opportunity” was replaced by the word “challenge” under the guidance of the “head” of the United States. The four new “partners” of Japan, Korea, Australia and China are participating in the summit, and NATO is clearly trying to lay the groundwork for its East Asia-Pacific expansion in the name of the so-called “China Challenge”. In June 2021, United States President Biden, on his first trip to Europe, announced “the return of the United States” as a sign that the United States would refocus on Europe and restore relations with European allies. In February this year, the United States launched a new “Indo-Pacific Strategy”, which seeks to consolidate America's strategic advantage in the Asia-Pacific region through ally circles and to reshape America's global dominance. The four countries of Asia and the Pacific invited to the NATO summit are important anchors of America’s “Indo-Pacific Strategy.” Japan and Korea have been loyal allies of the US in the Asia-Pacific region, and Australia has been working hard as a “quartet” for anti-China, not only as a member of the Anglo-Saxon nuclear submarine alliance, but also as a member of the five-eye alliance, led by New Zealand. It would appear, therefore, that instead of trying to bring the Asia-Pacific countries closer together, the United States has taken advantage of NATO to create another “Asia-Pacific axis.” More observed, “it is ironic that the United States has actually created a problem for NATO members, since most of them are European countries that maintain friendly relations with China”. According to Eurostat, China was the largest trading partner of the European Union in a row between 2020 and 2021. And in January and February this year, the European Union once surpassed ASEAN as China’s largest trading partner. Indeed, not only the US, but also an equally ambitious Japan, is playing with NATO. According to Japan’s Read-Sales News 20, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shimo Aritoyama, is exploring a meeting with the Heads of State of South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand during the NATO summit to confirm multilateral cooperation and advance China’s “free and open Indian” vision. Analysts have pointed out that Japan has taken the opportunity to hold small meetings, even by pulling “circles” outside the dominant United States, in the hope of highlighting a sense of existence, paving the way for NATO to enter Asia and reshaping its political and military status. As the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang Wenbin, said, NATO, as a military organization in the North Atlantic region, will reach out to Asia and the Pacific in an attempt to replicate the European “group confrontation” routing into Asia and the Pacific, which is bound to provoke a high level of vigilance and rejection on the part of the Asia-Pacific countries and the international community. Immediately after President Yoon Suk-yeol stated that he would participate in the NATO summit, Korean citizens gathered near the Korean presidential palace to protest Yoon Suk-yeol’s contribution to NATO’s expansion to Asia and the Pacific as a threat to the security of the Korean peninsula. This phantom summit has not yet been opened, and it is not easy to see what will happen. South China Sea Voice critic Attention to the “Voice of the South China Sea” headline of the central radio and television station and timely access to authoritative and valuable information from the South China Sea, the sea, South-East Asia!

Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.

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