(PresidentialInsider.com)- In the lead-up to Monday’s NATO summit, the White House announced that NATO leaders would launch an “ambitious” set of initiatives to ensure the organization can continue providing security for the region through 2030 and beyond.
During its summit, the 30 member countries would agree to revisions of NATO’s “Strategic Concept” that would guide its approach in the “evolving strategic environment.” Included among these revisions were NATO’s approach to dealing with aggressive policies and actions from the Russian Federation as well as the threats to “collective security” posed by China.
The revised “Strategic Concept” would also address transnational threats like terrorism, cyberattacks and climate change.
Naturally, these updated measures will include more joint funding of military operations.
According to the White House, this new “Strategic Concept” is expected to be adopted by NATO in 2022.
A lot of these changes are reactionary stemming in large part from former President Donald Trump’s criticisms that NATO had outlived its purpose. As a way to contradict Trump, NATO is making these changes to “modernize” and continue to justify its relevance.
The inclusion of China in the revised “Strategic Concept” is the first time China’s military rise has been addressed by NATO which may indicate some growing concern over China’s economic and military influence throughout the globe.
However, some critics say NATO’s inclusion of China is tepid at best – claiming the organization is still far too focused on Russia while still remaining ignorant to just how great a global threat China has become.
As for Russia, on Thursday, the Kremlin warned against allowing Ukraine to join NATO, calling such a decision a “red line” for Moscow.
Before the NATO Summit began, Ukrainian President Zelenskiy had said he wanted a definitive yes or no from President Biden on giving Ukraine a plan to join. Biden, however, hedged on Ukraine’s admission, telling reporters on Monday that the country must first root out corruption as well as meet other criteria before it could join.