NATO Plans on Opening Office in Japan

On May 3, 2023, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has plans of opening a liaison office in Japan in 2024, the alliance’s first office in Asia. 

Dave DeCamp of noted that NATO has been pivoting to Asia in recent years and has  “named China a ‘systemic challenge’ in its 2022 Strategic Concept.” As part of its China containment strategy, the military alliance is tightening cooperation with Asian countries. .

Per a Nikkei report, the liaison office’s purpose in Japan is to “allow the military alliance to conduct periodic consultations with Japan and key partners in the region, such as South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand as China emerges as a new challenge, alongside its traditional focus on Russia.”

The report also noted that NATO and Japan will take additional steps to heighten cooperation by entering an agreement known as an Individually Tailored Partnership Programme prior to the NATO summit that will be celebrated in Vilnius, Lithuania, in June. Japan also has plans of opening an independent mission to NATO.

As a response to these developments, China warned of NATO’s plans to expand its reach into Asia. “Asia is an anchor for peace and stability and a promising land for cooperation and development, not a wrestling ground for geopolitical competition,” declared Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning.

“NATO’s continued eastward foray into the Asia Pacific and interference in regional affairs will inevitably undermine regional peace and stability and stoke camp confrontation. This calls for high vigilance among regional countries,” she continued.

By bringing NATO into Asia, the Collective West is just asking for trouble. China’s use of its migrants to conduct mass espionage in the US and its questionable trade practices must be addressed by authorities in the Collective West. However, going to war to tackle these issues is totally unnecessary. An America First policy of geopolitical realism and immigration patriotism is what’s need to traverse these rough waters of multipolarity

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