Thursday, August 08, 2019

Nato Secretary General says alliance needs to address the rise of China

via SCMP
Nato needs to understand the implications of China’s growing power around the world, including those areas that may challenge members of the North Atlantic security body, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.
China’s increasing assertiveness, including its presence in the South China Sea, had raised concerns about its intentions, and the United States had called on Nato to recognise and adapt to emerging threats, including China, he said.
“This is not about moving Nato into the Pacific, but this is about responding to the fact that China is coming closer to us,” Stoltenberg said in an interview in Sydney.
Stoltenberg said it was about “investing heavily in critical infrastructure in Europe, increased presence in the Arctic and also increased presence in Africa, and in cyberspace”.
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You ever get that sinking feeling when you've been advocating for something for so long and it finally comes true that it's being turned on its head for a different agenda?

I get that feeling with this sudden tilt to recognizing China as a threat.

I'm really getting the impression that this is more about budget and reach into possible new markets/resources than it is about countering their expansion.

I hope I'm wrong.

But I can't shake the feeling.  I can't help but wonder if this isn't the new way to grab money for defense instead of spending the money already allocated more wisely.

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