Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made it very clear how important the summit meeting of the North Atlantic defence alliance was: Nato was at a “pivotal moment” and was beginning a “new chapter”, the Norwegian stressed several times throughout the day in Brussels on Monday. Not only because with US President Joe Biden the transatlantic alliance is once again experiencing a more responsive and committed Washington after four Trump years – but also because of Nato’s new orientation towards China. And it went from 0 to 100, because the People’s Republic was only mentioned in a statement by the alliance for the first time a good 18 months ago. Now China is mentioned in ten places in the communiqué adopted by the NATO heads of state and government. In the final declaration, China is classified as a “systemic challenge” for the first time.
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