I read this and immediately asked….”WTF?”
My question is why?
Stoltenberg will meet South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol during the four-day trip that begins in Seoul on Sunday, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing a presidential official. He will also meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo.
As well as Yoon, the Nato secretary general is expected to meet South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin and other senior officials while in Seoul. The Yonhap report said US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin would also visit South Korea next week.
Stoltenberg’s trip comes after the unprecedented attendance of the South Korean and Japanese leaders at a Nato summit in Madrid in June, when the military alliance labelled China as a “systemic challenge to Euro-Atlantic security” in a key strategy document.
Yoon and Kishida also met US President Joe Biden for a trilateral summit on the sidelines of the Madrid talks, the first time leaders of the three nations had met since 2017.
Both South Korea and Japan have sought to step up ties with Nato amid nuclear and missile threats from North Korea and growing tensions with China.
Choo Jae-woo, a professor of Chinese studies at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, said that during the trip Stoltenberg would likely discuss the countries’ goals in their Indo-Pacific strategy, with the conversation focusing largely on China.
He expected the talks to be “an icebreaker” that could see Stoltenberg planning for future dialogue on security and building communication channels with the two countries.
If NATO is going to be the main international engine for war should it not be re-named something more appropriate?
Does the expansion into Asia violate something in the chart?
Let me see….the US pours billions into Asia to guard against North Korea and China should not these countries ban together and work on a strategy other than “let the US do it’?
When at what point does the American public realize just how stretched our forces and resources have become….after all most of our energy is going to Ukraine and our desire to confront Russia.
The words in Article 5 of the Charter reads thusly…..
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.
An attack on a European or North America…..now what part of Asia falls in either of those categories?
Or is this just talk to hedge the vote to keep the cash rolling in for the defense industry and the Pentagon?
When will we ever learn?
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”
6 thoughts on “NATO In Asia?”
It is an excuse to get into a war. I remember when there was another such organization called SEATO.
Exactly….that is what the US does best. chuq
When you are actively looking to wage war for profit, anywhere will do.
Best wishes, Pete.
So true….and the US does spend lots of time looking chuq
I was about to mention what John said above.. there used to be SEATO.. the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.. was to be a NATO spinoff to stop communism from spreading throughout Southeast Asia.
SEATO is pretty much defunct…..still does not answer what NATO would be doing in Asia….as I said in the post….NATO is designed for the security of Europe ans North America. chuq