Brussels (dpa) – After some difficult years, NATO is closing the ranks again and, for the first time, is targeting China as a strategic rival in addition to Russia. At their summit on Monday, the 30 member states expressed concern over China’s rapid nuclear weapons, among other things, but also over coordinated political actions in Moscow and Beijing. Therefore, close political coordination is important, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He called the summit a new beginning.
For, unlike his predecessor Donald Trump, the new president of the United States, Joe Biden, has explicitly recognized the alliance and duty of the United States to stand by the side of Europe in Brussels. Biden told Brussels that this is a “sacred obligation” for the US. “I just want the whole of Europe to know that the United States is there.” As a result, the sometimes bitter dispute over the Trump years should be a thing of the past.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that her main concern is Russia, especially because Moscow does not see NATO as a partner, but as an adversary. The possible threats from China should not be ignored, but neither should they be overestimated, the CDU politician said. “So we have to find the right balance there.” He added: “China is a rival when it comes to many issues. And China is also a partner in many areas at the same time.” With China, as with Russia, a the willingness to speak is important in addition to deterrence, she said.
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