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NATO 2030: Leaders to discuss Russia as US stresses on China

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NATO leader, Allies will be joined by partner nations Finland and Sweden, as well as EU High Representative Josep Borrell, for a discussion on Russia.

NATO SUMMIT 2021

Brussels, March 24: As the leaders of the 30 NATO countries meet on Wednesday, the second day of the summit in Brussels, the alliance’s secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg will define the roadmap for NATO 2030 initiative; envisaging countering China’s rise, Russia, climate change, Nuclear and cyber threats.

On Wednesday, Allies will be joined by partner nations Finland and Sweden, as well as EU High Representative Josep Borrell, for a discussion on Russia.

The summit assumed significance as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is attending the first major international summit with the message sent by by US President Joe Biden, who has said that strengthening alliances will be a priority of his foreign policy. The decisions reached at this meeting will determine NATO’s plans and priorities for a long time to come.

Stoltenberg said,“We must be bold and ambitious to build a stronger Alliance for the future, because we live in a more dangerous and competitive world, where challenges know no borders.” He also noted that there is now an opportunity to open a new chapter in transatlantic relations.

“we are faced with challenges like the continued assertive behavior of Russia, who are responsible for aggressive actions in our neighborhood but also against our own allies in cyberspace and undermining our democratic processes; we have the constant threat of terrorism; we have cyber threats; we have, of course, the security implications of the rise of China; we have the security implications of proliferation of nuclear weapons; and, of course, the security implications of climate change. And no ally and no continent can deal with all of these challenges alone. We need Europe and North America together,” he said while asserting that a stronger alliance is needed counter the threats.

“It presents a unique opportunity to strengthen our transatlantic bond to open a new chapter in the relationship between North America and Europe. We have a new administration in the United States. President Biden has clearly conveyed the message about the need to rebuild alliances, strengthening the bond between North America and Europe. We have the upcoming summit later on this year, and then we have the NATO 2030 Initiative, which is an initiative which is about making NATO future-proof to make sure that we continue to adapt,” he said.

“Over the last years we have implemented the biggest adaptation of NATO in a – in a generation, since the end of the Cold War, but we need to continue to adapt, and that’s exactly what NATO 2030 is all about,” he added.

He emphasised to strengthen deterrence and defense by using more common-funded resources is another way to strengthen our unity and demonstrate that the alliance do more together.
“NATO 2030 is also about broadening the security agenda, resilience, making sure that we have reliable infrastructure, energy grids, telecommunications, 5G networks, technology, and make sure that we maintain the technological edge, but also addressing the impact of climate change,”he stressed that these issues are important for the security and NATO should be at the forefront in addressing them.

NATO 2030 is also about how to build new partnerships and to strengthen partnerships both with our partners in our neighborhood, he said that NATO has an untapped potential to help train neighbors.

“Prevention is better than intervention. If we can – how to stabilize our neighborhood, we will be more secure. But partnerships is also about working with partners, for instance, in the Asia-Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, and I think to strengthen partnerships with likeminded democracies is a way also to protect the rules-based international order. And of course, this is also about the consequences of the rise of China and many of the issues in NATO 2030 is – are relevant for addressing the consequences of the rise of China: resilience, technology, but also building partnerships with likeminded countries,” he added.

The sanctions by Canada, Britain and the European Union on China over genocide and crimes against humanity in the Xinjiang region, presents an opportunity for the Biden administration to justify its emphasis on working with allies.

Therefore with this aim in view Blinken wants NATO should also counter China in various areas viz technology, trade, economy, regional power, military.Biden has already started making Quad, an informal security forum among Australia, India, Japan, and the US , stronger to counter CHINA in Indo-Pacific.

The United States and its allies in Canada, Britain and the European Union has announced sanctions on several Chinese officials alleged to have links with a genocidal campaign against Uyghur Muslims.

China responded almost immediately with tit-for-tat penalties, announcing sanctions on Monday against 10 EU politicians and four entities for “maliciously spreading lies and disinformation.” They will be banned from entering mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, while their related companies and institutions are restricted from doing business with China, it said.

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