In December 2019, a NATO summit for the first time mentioned challenges posed by China.(Reuters)
In December 2019, a NATO summit for the first time mentioned challenges posed by China.(Reuters)

New NATO report suggests measures to counter ‘China’s growing importance’

The study, from a group of experts assembled by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for the 30-nation NATO, includes recommendations on bolstering its political cohesion and ability to face new security challenges.
By Bloomberg | Posted by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 02:55 PM IST

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization took another step toward making China a strategic focal point after the alliance published a report stressing Chinese geopolitical threats.

The study, from a group of experts assembled by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for the 30-nation NATO, includes recommendations on bolstering its political cohesion and ability to face new security challenges. China features prominently.

“NATO must devote much more time, political resources and action to the security challenges posed by China -- based on an assessment of its national capabilities, economic heft, and the stated ideological goals of its leaders,” the experts said in the report released in Brussels on Tuesday. “It needs to develop a political strategy for approaching a world in which China will be of growing importance through to 2030.”

The recommendations follow a series of high-profile splits in NATO. The organization has been shaken over the past four years by US President Donald Trump’s vocal demands for European countries to spend more on defense and his unilateral changes to the deployment of American troops abroad.

“China’s coming closer to us, investing heavily in infrastructure in NATO countries in Europe,” Stoltenberg told reporters Tuesday after the first part of a two-day video conference of the alliance’s foreign ministers. It’s the last such meeting for US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo as NATO waits for President-elect Joe Biden to take office Jan. 20 and anticipates smoother transatlantic ties.

On Wednesday, in the first NATO event of its kind, the alliance’s foreign ministers will be joined by representatives of Asia-Pacific countries -- including Japan and Australia -- in an online session devoted to China.

The Chinese government said it was committed to “peaceful development and win-win cooperation” with the rest of the world.

“Our development advances will not pose a threat or challenge to anyone else,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing in Beijing on Wednesday. “We hope NATO will look at our development in an objective, positive and open way.”

Political Tensions

NATO was established 71 years ago to deter a Soviet Union that collapsed in 1991. It’s now focusing again on threats posed by Russia as a result of its renewed muscle-flexing, pursuing anti-terrorism policies taken up after the 2001 attacks in the US and seeking to adapt to the rise of China.

In December 2019, a NATO summit for the first time mentioned challenges posed by China.

In this context, the US-dominated alliance is trying to prevent a repeat of internal political tensions that boiled over in the wake of a Turkish incursion into northern Syria in October 2019 to challenge Kurdish forces.

Turkey, which has NATO’s second-biggest army, received Trump’s approval for the military operation that European countries opposed. This prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to say a lack of strategic cooperation among NATO members showed the alliance was suffering a “brain death” -- a remark that irritated many countries in the alliance including Germany.

The German government then pushed for NATO to create an expert group to advise member countries on future transatlantic security challenges -- a proposal endorsed by the alliance’s leaders at their meeting a year ago in London.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Topics
app
Close
A man walks past an almost empty St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Ailing Pope Francis, making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, drew attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death not far from the Vatican. (AP)
A man walks past an almost empty St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Ailing Pope Francis, making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, drew attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death not far from the Vatican. (AP)

Ailing pope, reducing appearances, prays for homeless dead

AP, Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 07:21 PM IST
Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for the 46-year-old man named Edwin who he said was “ignored by all, abandoned, even by us.”
Close
The meeting will be held via video conference arranged at the Prime Minister's House and a committee room of the Cabinet Division.(Reuters)
The meeting will be held via video conference arranged at the Prime Minister's House and a committee room of the Cabinet Division.(Reuters)

Amid ailing economy, Imran Khan to mortgage Islamabad's biggest park to get loan

ANI, Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 07:04 PM IST
  • According to a report by Dawn, the proposal to mortgage the F-9 park to get a loan of around 500 billion will be included in the agenda of the next meeting of the federal cabinet, scheduled to be held on Tuesday. The F-9 park, is one of the largest covered green areas in Pakistan.
Close
Hundreds of National Guard members are camped out at the Capitol to protect lawmakers, some still reeling from the violence and preparing for Biden's inauguration next week.(AFP)
Hundreds of National Guard members are camped out at the Capitol to protect lawmakers, some still reeling from the violence and preparing for Biden's inauguration next week.(AFP)

US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot

AP
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:58 PM IST
The contrasting cases highlight the dilemma faced by police departments nationwide as they review the behavior of dozens of officers who were in Washington the day of the riot by supporters of President Donald Trump.
Close
Joe Biden privately spent months telling immigration advocates that major overhauls would be at the top of his to-do list.(Reuters Photo )
Joe Biden privately spent months telling immigration advocates that major overhauls would be at the top of his to-do list.(Reuters Photo )

Why Joe Biden's immigration plan may be risky for Democrats

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:43 PM IST
  • In the best of circumstances, enacting such a broad range of legislation would be difficult. But in a narrowly divided Congress, it could be impossible. And that has Latinos, the nation's fastest growing voting bloc worried.
Close
An employee picks up a vial containing CoronaVac, Sinovac Biotech's vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at Butantan biomedical production center in Sao Paulo, Brazil.(Reuters)
An employee picks up a vial containing CoronaVac, Sinovac Biotech's vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at Butantan biomedical production center in Sao Paulo, Brazil.(Reuters)

Turkey to get a further 6.5 million Sinovac vaccines on Monday

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:41 PM IST
Three million doses of the CoronaVac have already arrived and 10 million more doses were expected in total in Turkey's second consignment from Sinovac Biotech.
Close
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video conference call with Chief Executive of Gazprom company Alexei Miller at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia January 19, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS/Files(via REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video conference call with Chief Executive of Gazprom company Alexei Miller at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia January 19, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS/Files(via REUTERS)

Russia ready for talks with new Joe Biden administration if US is willing

Reuters, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:33 PM IST
Relations between Moscow and Washington have been at their lowest since the end of the Cold War, with the two sides at odds over Russia's role in Ukraine and allegations of its meddling in US elections, which it denies, among other issues.
Close
Britain's health secretary Matt Hancock holds a news conference at 10 Downing Street, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Britain's health secretary Matt Hancock holds a news conference at 10 Downing Street, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.(File Photo / REUTERS)

England ‘long way’ from easing virus lockdown as ‘vaccine escape’ concerns grow

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:37 PM IST
The virus variants have triggered concerns among the health experts and scientific community at a time when the government is trying to contain the pandemic through vaccination.
Close
FILE PHOTO: Dutch police patrol at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Dutch police patrol at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo(REUTERS)

Explainer: Arrest of Asia's 'most-wanted' drug boss Tse Chi Lop

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:08 PM IST
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimated that Tse's drug syndicate earned as much as $17 billion from trafficking drugs in 2018.
Close
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, January 20, 2021.(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, January 20, 2021.(REUTERS)

Scottish leader says Boris Johnson fears democracy over independence issue

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:01 PM IST
Scotland voted against independence by 55% to 45% in a 2014 referendum. But a majority of Scots also backed staying in the European Union in the subsequent 2016 Brexit vote, stoking demands by Scottish nationalists for a new independence vote after the UK as a whole voted to leave.
Close
Dutch police patrol at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Dutch police patrol at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.(File Photo / REUTERS)

Dutch police arrest alleged Asian drug syndicate kingpin Tse Chi Lop

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 05:57 PM IST
Tse Chi Lop, a Chinese-born Canadian national, was detained on Friday at the request of Australian police.
Close
A general view picture shows people receiving the vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a temporary healthcare maintenance organisation (HMO) centre, amid Israel's third national lockdown, at an underground parking lot in Givatayim Mall, near Tel Aviv, Israel January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad/Files(REUTERS)
A general view picture shows people receiving the vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a temporary healthcare maintenance organisation (HMO) centre, amid Israel's third national lockdown, at an underground parking lot in Givatayim Mall, near Tel Aviv, Israel January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad/Files(REUTERS)

Israel includes teens in vaccination drive, eyeing exams

Reuters, Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 05:51 PM IST
The vaccines were initially limited to the elderly and other high-risk categories, but are now available to anyone over 40 or - with parental permission - those between 16 and 18. The inclusion of late-teens is meant "to enable their return (to school) and the orderly holding of exams,'.
Close
European Council President Charles Michel refused to bow to British insistence for the EU to fundamentally change its negotiating stance and cede more to UK demands.(Reuters Photo)
European Council President Charles Michel refused to bow to British insistence for the EU to fundamentally change its negotiating stance and cede more to UK demands.(Reuters Photo)

EU will make vaccine companies respect supply contracts: Charles Michel

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 04:20 PM IST
Pfizer last week said it was temporarily slowing supplies to Europe to make manufacturing changes that would boost output. On Friday, AstraZeneca also said that initial deliveries to the region will fall short because of a production glitch.
Close
The leaders discussed the need for coordination on shared foreign policy priorities, including China, Iran, and Russia.(AFP)
The leaders discussed the need for coordination on shared foreign policy priorities, including China, Iran, and Russia.(AFP)

Joe Biden talks transatlantic ties, Covid-19, climate change with Boris Johnson

PTI, Washington/london
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 04:18 PM IST
The conversation with UK PM Johnson over phone on Saturday was Biden’s third involving a foreign leader since his inauguration on Wednesday.
Close
A far cry from the images of the 2011 Arab Spring and 2013 overthrow of the Morsi government-- this view at noon in front of Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt.(REUTERS)
A far cry from the images of the 2011 Arab Spring and 2013 overthrow of the Morsi government-- this view at noon in front of Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt.(REUTERS)

Arab Spring exiles look back 10 years after Egypt uprising

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 04:07 PM IST
A decade later, thousands are estimated to have fled abroad to escape the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi that is considered even more oppressive.
Close
Terror groups had virtually stopped using WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Later, it was found that they have switched over to new applications available free of cost on the world wide web, a security official said.(Reuters)
Terror groups had virtually stopped using WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Later, it was found that they have switched over to new applications available free of cost on the world wide web, a security official said.(Reuters)

'No WhatsApp, FB messenger': Terror groups in Pak switch to new messaging apps

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:40 PM IST
The government had suspended internet across Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state in August 2019.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP