NATO displayed its unity on Monday, June 14, during its annual summit. Rassured by the will of US President Joe Biden to “revitalize” alliances, the leaders decided to close ranks against Moscow and Beijing, which “new challenges” to the transatlantic alliance. “We have Russia which is not acting in the way we had hoped for. And also China.”, underlined the American president, insisting on “the need for greater coordination” between allies, before the opening of the summit.
Earlier, the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, had already declared to the German daily The world that Beijing and Moscow were cooperating “more and more lately, both politically and militarily.” “This is a new dimension and a serious challenge for NATO”, he assured, before tempering: “China is not our adversary, our enemy. There will be no new cold war with China.”
The Europeans intend to take advantage of this summit to establish a rapprochement with the United States, after several years of degraded relations during the presidency of Donald Trump. VSHowever, some allies are reluctant to take the opportunity to toughen their tone against China, as Joe Biden wishes. “The heart of NATO is the security of the Euro-Atlantic area”, recalled the French presidency, arguing that “Now is not the time to dilute the effort”. “You will not see paragraphs and paragraphs on China in the press release and the language will not be inflammatory.”, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan assured Sunday.