“NATO has always been used by the United States as a tool to preserve its hegemony,” said Professor Gilbert Achcar. “The United States is trying to pressure Europe to pursue its own policies, including in East Asia.”
MADRID, June 30 (Xinhua) – The 2022 Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ended here on Thursday amid growing criticism of the military alliance’s increasingly aggressive and destabilizing security policy unveiled at the meeting.
Twenty-two NATO members agreed on Thursday to launch the NATO Innovation Fund, a multi-stakeholder venture capital fund that will invest € 1 billion ($ 1.05 billion) in startups and other venture capital funds that develop emerging technologies for both civilian and military use. .
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the Fund’s signing ceremony that it would help transform NATO’s security environment and strengthen its innovation ecosystem.
The Fund’s launch is the latest in a long line of provocative security policies adopted at the two-day NATO summit.
NATO leaders agreed on Wednesday to strengthen the alliance’s forward defenses, improve the bloc’s battle groups on its eastern flank and increase the number of high – readiness forces to more than 300,000.
On the same day, they approved the military bloc’s new strategic concept, which calls Russia the “most significant and direct threat” to NATO security and unfairly accuses China of posing “systemic challenges”.
In an explicit move to intervene in the Asia-Pacific regional affairs, NATO invited the leaders of Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand to attend the summit for the first time.
The four Asia-Pacific countries held a four-way summit alongside the NATO summit to discuss strengthening ties with the alliance.
The United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea also held a trilateral meeting on the sidelines to discuss issues related to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
While Stoltenberg insisted that the NATO summit was focused on “transforming and strengthening” the Alliance for the security of its members, analysts and officials from non-NATO countries have said that NATO calls for a bloc confrontation with an outdated Cold War mentality.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Thursday condemned NATO’s new strategic concept, saying the document distorts facts, tarnishes China’s foreign policy, makes irresponsible comments about China’s normal military development and national defense policy, encourages confrontations and conflicts and is full of Cold War mentality. . and ideological prejudice.
Zhao added that NATO claims to be a regional and defensive organization, but in fact it has transcended regions and fields, constantly waging war and killing civilians, and now NATO has extended its reach to the Asia-Pacific region in an attempt to export the Cold War mentality. .
Gilbert Achcar, a professor of development studies and international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, told Xinhua on Thursday that NATO’s new strategic concept shows that the alliance “goes far beyond NATO’s Asia-Pacific territory.”
“NATO has always been used by the United States as a tool to maintain its hegemony,” Achcar added. “The United States is trying to pressure Europe to pursue its own policies, including in East Asia.”
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Madrid, the United States and many other European countries this week to protest against the alliance and call for peace.