For the first time, the leaders of Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand will all attend a summit of the 30-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
While the US has dismissed the idea that an Asia-Pacific NATO is in the works, the Biden administration has strengthened ties with partners in the region to both push back against China’s assertiveness over disputed territory and sanction key officials over alleged human-rights abuses in places like Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
“The new development certainly will make China feel uneasy, encircled and threatened,” Vivian Zhan, an associate professor specializing in Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said of NATO’s focus on China.
All is going according to the US plan. First, Russia; then China. The result being Pax Americana with the US as sole military economic power. There can only be one! What could go wrong? Putin & Xi cannot win a nuclear exchange. But what if they would rather bring an end to the world than endure a second rung status?