April 29, 2022
Japan – an Asian country that surrendered in World War II – will attend a summit by North Atlantic Treaty Organization – a Western military bloc established during the Cold War era – in late June, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced this week.
Clearly, NATO is expanding its tentacles beyond the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
Since the first bullet was fired at the Russia-Ukraine border, Washington-led NATO has been actively deepening ties with Asia-Pacific states. Earlier this month, NATO invited Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea to its high-profile foreign ministers session for the first time.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is even more blatant about the “globalization” of the military bloc. “NATO must have a global outlook” and “needs to preempt threat in the Indo-Pacific,” Truss said….The Western bloc has, on several occasions, labelled China as a “systemic challenge” to regions “relevant to Alliance security” – a prelude to further actions for its “global outlook.”
[D]esperately looking for new missions, the bloc has enlarged five times since 1999, expanding its members from 16 to 30….
Shouting peace and security, the bloc has dropped a massive amount of bombs on the soil of other countries. Under the slogan of “preventing humanitarian disasters,” NATO bombed Yugoslavia for 78 continuous days, killing and injuring more than 8,000 civilians. Demanding other countries abide by international rules, the alliance blatantly intervenes into domestic affairs of sovereign states, waging wars at its will for selfish goals.
Now, the bloc is diverting attention from the Atlantic to the Asia-Pacific, repeatedly flexing muscles in the region over recent years. By inviting Japan to its summit, NATO, after dragging parts of Europe into a war zone, has taken a step further to mess up East Asia where no bombs have been dropped since the end of the Cold War.
…The U.S. has long regarded the growing China as its stumbling block in its pursuit of the world’s only superpower. ….[Washington] is eager to form a united front to contain the country, and NATO is an ideal mechanism for this aim.
Under the pressure of Washington, European allies repeatedly took advantage of the Ukraine crisis to hype the “China threat,” deliberately linking the conflicts in Ukraine to the Taiwan question….Apparently, NATO is acting in accordance with Washington’s strategic calculations – after forming a united front against Russia, it is again dancing to the U.S. tune on China-related affairs.