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Could A Global NATO Stop China?

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Why the UK Is Pushing for “Global NATO” to Defend Pacific – British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss this week said that the United Kingdom is in favor of establishing a “global NATO” designed to protect Taiwan and the Pacific region from China

During an address, Truss said that the British government rejects the idea of choosing between Indo-Pacific and Euro-Atlantic security, and insisted that the world needs both.

“I mean that NATO must have a global outlook, ready to tackle global threats,” she said.  “We need to preempt threats in the Indo-Pacific, working with allies like Japan and Australia to ensure that the Pacific is protected. And we must ensure that democracies like Taiwan are able to defend themselves.”

Could A Global NATO Stop China?

While Truss didn’t provide any details or expand on how the British government envisions a “global NATO,” the comments could be an indication that NATO countries may take further action to prevent China from making similar moves as Russia

In October last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to initiate a “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan, indicating that his government intended to undermine the sovereignty of the East Asian country and claim the island as Chinese territory.

“Taiwan independence separatism is the biggest obstacle to achieving the reunification of the motherland, and the most serious hidden danger to national rejuvenation,” President Xi said during a speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Taiwan remains a sore point for China amidst the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with Chinese state media warning of a “destructive strike” on Taiwan earlier this month if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the country. 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters that if the United States “insists on having its own way” on Taiwan – meaning normal diplomatic relations – then China would “take strong measures in response to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

In March, the Taiwanese government suggested that the situation in Ukraine might make China think twice about taking steps to invade the island. 

In a statement that followed a meeting of China policy advisors, the Taiwanese Mainland Affairs Council said that China was watching how well Ukraine performs in the conflict to “deduce the possible situation of a conflict in the Taiwan Strait.”

A “global NATO” designed to protect the Indo-Pacific region would put pressure on China to reconsider its military aims in Taiwan by creating an alliance of nations that would be obligated to respond militarily to an attack from China. However, much in the same way that the eastward expansion of NATO was cited by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a cause of the war in Ukraine, China may also consider the establishment of a new military alliance in the east to be a provocation.

Even just the talk of a new military alliance could prompt China to pre-emptively respond, presenting Western politicians with the challenge of deciding whether the inevitable Chinese invasion of Taiwan can be stopped at this stage.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 10:47 am

    While NATO is falling apart from within, China is getting stronger. The time has come for a multipolar world, and the aging Alliance cannot stop it.

  2. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Yep, one where Russia goes from #2 or #3 right down the bottom.

    Good job! You’ll be licking China’s boots soon enough.

  3. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    No, distraught juvenile Bandera Nazi, for now you lick our boots – the Poles. Soon our lands will return home, just like the Russians are taking theirs 🙂

  4. speedster

    April 29, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    The usa has been the largest economy in the world since 1871, what a wonderful achievement.
    Even in a multi polar world the usa would still be the largest economy. Along with being the largest economy comes great soft power related to economic power.
    In a multi polar world ranked by size of economy, Canada would have a larger economy than Russia. In fact the usa state of Texas has a larger economy than Russia.
    So Russia would be insignificant in a multi polar world.

    The USA is great friends with Japan, although there was a war until 1945. Japan’s economy is more than three times bigger than Russia.
    Strangely Russia is not friends with jspa , could that have something to do with Russia’s unfriendly act of not handing back the Kurile islands to Japan?
    Contrast that with the usa, which handed back all Japanese islands after 1945.

  5. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Yes Alex, NATO is practically collapsing! Things are so bad we had to invite the Finns and Swedes in, just to keep everything together!

    “for now you lick our boots – the Poles.” 😀 😀 😀 😀

  6. Alex

    April 30, 2022 at 7:46 am

    “NATO is a ploy, it is a structure whose purpose is to hide America’s dominance over Europe.”
    Charles de Gaulle.

    It must be understood that Europe will also be responsible for subordinating the United States. Questions “what are we for” are no longer important for Russia. If Europe wants to become a bargaining chip in the battle against Bandera’s Nazis, then so be it. Personally, I, like many acquaintances from Poland, are going to Russia. There are more chances to survive in Russia. And let the idiots die for US interests in Ukraine.

  7. mcswell

    April 30, 2022 at 10:15 am

    Alex, I’m sure this is news to you, but: de Gaulle died half a century ago.

  8. speedster

    May 1, 2022 at 5:42 am

    Is banderas, Nazi the living dead? Just like degaulle, who is also dead.
    Let me see there apparently was a man named banderas, in the second world war, however assuming an age of 30, in 1945, then 77 years have gone past, so if banderas, did not have a grave, then he would have to be at least 107 years old.
    Now this is the kind of age where most people have long since died, and if not dead, would be in a wheel chair, receiving congratulatory messages for being aged over 100!

  9. speedster

    May 1, 2022 at 5:56 am

    Russia is now down to a very small circle of friends. North Korea, Iran, Syria and last China. Russia’s friends seem to have shrunk since it invaded Ukraine. China is the middle man of the group, pretending to be in the side of russia, while not providing economic or military aid. The remaining friends are so economically bankrupt, because they were silly enough to embark on militaristic adventures, instead of being a friend to the world.
    The problem for Russia is that it is like a small Mexican chichushsna, very small dog, that thinks it is a rottweiller.
    The USA state of new york has a larger economy than russia.

    China has a problem, like all one party communist states, it has to pretend to deliver the economic godds , so China has been inflating its GDP statistics for decades.China is more like an inflated paper tiger.

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