NATO faces “system rivalry” from assertive and authoritarian powers such as China and Russia. This also affects the security of the alliance, the leaders of the NATO countries established on Monday.
China’s spirits and behaviour pose “systemic challenges” to the world order of mutual agreements and rules, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his 29 colleagues note. But also for areas that are “relevant for the security of the alliance”.
Leaders met at NATO headquarters on Monday for the first time in a year and a half. For US President Joe Biden, it was his debut in Brussels.
There, after years of uncertainty under his predecessor Donald Trump, he expressed his “strong commitment” to NATO, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said afterwards. The allies have reaffirmed their “unity, solidarity and togetherness and are opening a new chapter in transatlantic relations,” they said in the final statement.
Some member states would have liked NATO to strive to become ‘climate neutral’ by 2050. The allies have not yet agreed on this. Stoltenberg is going to propose a “realistic” climate goal, they have agreed.