NATO summit hosts Asia-Pacific leaders for the first time in a show of “democratic” unity targeting Russia and China

The upcoming summit of NATO leaders will welcome for the first time the heads of government from four countries in Asia and the Pacific as evidence of NATO’s continued interest in China amid the war in Ukraine that has gripped the alliance’s attention in recent months.

According to a senior Biden administration official, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, South Korean President Yun Suk-yul and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are all set to attend when President Joe Biden joins his 29 NATO counterparts. Madrid next week.

The Madrid summit will be the fourth since Biden took office and comes just three months after NATO leaders met in Brussels for an emergency summit to discuss the alliance’s response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

The official said the Asia-Pacific leaders’ participation shows how Biden “effectively linked” US efforts in both Europe and Asia, citing it as an example of how the Russian invasion of Ukraine gave the Biden administration a reason to expand the reach of the United States. Partnerships around the world.

“It also shows how Ukraine does not make us take our eyes off China. In fact, I think the exact opposite is true – it has entrenched the democratic world in both Russia and China,” the official said.

The official said NATO leaders would use the Madrid summit to roll out the alliance’s new “strategic concept” to replace the last such document, which dates back to 2010.

“As we have seen over the past two months, as well as over the past decade more broadly, there have been significant changes in the geopolitical environment. It is important that NATO takes these into account and sets its broad objectives going forward, adding that the new framework will “lead a transformation of the NATO over the coming years, as the alliance protects Euro-Atlantic security in response to a wide range of threats and challenges.”

The official, who said the new document will deal with the multifaceted and long-term challenges posed by the People’s Republic of China to Euro-Atlantic security, said: “It is clear that Russia remains the most serious and immediate threat to the alliance, but the strategic concept will also address multifaceted challenges. and the long-term imposition of the People’s Republic of China on Euro-Atlantic security.” For the first time “addressing the challenges we see coming from China”.

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