NATO seeks ties with partners in Asia-Pacific

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has indicated that NATO needs to build closer ties with friendly countries sharing common values, such as Japan, to counter China.

Stoltenberg met with US President Joe Biden at the White House on Monday ahead of the NATO summit next week.

After the meeting, Stoltenberg told reporters that they discussed various issues including Russia, China and cyberattack threats.

He said, “we need to strengthen NATO and we face security challenges which no ally can face alone, so therefore we need to stand together.”

Asked about China, the NATO chief said “they don’t share our values.”

He said, “we need to stand up for the rules based on international order and we need to work more closely with partners including in the Asia-Pacific — Australia and New Zealand, South Korea and Japan.”

On Russia, Stoltenberg acknowledged the importance of cooperation among NATO allies to address issues such as Ukraine. He said, “we need to manage a difficult relationship with Russia.”


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