By exploiting an information vacuum about its intentions, China is setting the region against the Western alliance.
By Lynn Kuok, the Shangri-La Dialogue senior fellow for Asia-Pacific security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the co-editor of the IISS Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment.
AUGUST 10, 2023, 11:51 AM
The recent NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, was watched closely for the outcome of Sweden’s bid for membership—Turkey agreed on the eve of the summit to ask its parliament to approve Sweden’s membership—and the alliance’s response to Ukraine’s formal application to join—NATO maintained that Ukraine would become a member “when allies agree and conditions are met” without setting out a time frame for the country’s entry after the war. In Asia, another aspect of the meeting was scrutinized: how NATO positioned itself on China.
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