NATO Foreign Ministers agreed to scale up cooperation with partners, including Australia and New Zealand to combat Chinese influence during a meeting in Brussels.
NATO’s next Strategic Concept, which will be finalized at the Madrid Summit in June, will take into account NATO’s future relations with Russia as well as China’s growing importance on Allied security.
Ministers also agreed to provide more practical assistance to other countries threatened by Russian aggression, including Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in order to help them improve their resilience.
NATO’s Asia-Pacific partners, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea, joined their counterparts from Ukraine, Georgia, Finland, Sweden, and the European Union, as well as NATO’s Asia-Pacific partners, Ukraine, Georgia, Finland, Sweden, and the European Union.
“We have seen that China is unwilling to condemn Russia’s aggression.
And Beijing has joined Moscow in questioning the right of nations to choose their own path,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
NATO intends to enhance its cooperation with Asia-Pacific partners in areas such as cyber, new technologies, disinformation, maritime security, climate change, and resilience, expressing that “Global challenges demand global solutions.”
“And for the first time, it must also take account of how China’s growing influence and coercive policies affect our security,” Stoltenberg said.
Ministers also authorized the Charter for a new Defense Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA), which would include a network of innovation hubs, accelerator sites, and testing centers spread across Europe and North America.
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