NATO chief commends U.S. leadership for China policy shift under Donald Trump

The Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, commended American leadership on Wednesday for pushing the transatlantic security alliance to collectively address threats posed by China.

In a significant acknowledgement of the evolving dynamics in global security, the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, commended American leadership on Wednesday for pushing the transatlantic security alliance to collectively address threats posed by China. Jen Stoltenberg’s comments effectively validated former U.S. President Donald Trump’s stance towards the Asian giant, highlighting a strategic shift that has gained momentum since 2017.

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, Jen Stoltenberg credited the United States for steering NATO towards a more robust response to the challenges emanating from China. He commented that there had been a change in policy on China in 2017 under President Trump, and since then, NATO had made significant progress in aiding European allies in fully understanding the challenges posed by China and formulating responses to them.

Stoltenberg also characterized the complex issues associated with “the China challenge” as a collective task that the United States could not deal with alone. Underscoring the significance of NATO’s role, he stated, “And you don’t have to. Through NATO, the U.S. has the support of 31 allies and a vast network of partners, especially in the Indo-Pacific.”

The acknowledgement of NATO’s involvement in addressing the China challenge reflects a broader recognition of the alliance’s adaptability to contemporary global security threats. The remarks led to fresh criticism of the alliance by Trump. Last week during a campaign event he said that they are paying for NATO and didn’t get so much of it. Many times during the presidency of Trump, he repeatedly threatened to cut the funding from America for NATO and pull the United States out of it.

Stoltenberg’s recognition of NATO’s collective response underscores the alliance’s commitment to adapting to emerging threats and fostering a unified approach among its member states. All the members of NATO were now contributing at a quite higher level compared to earlier, said Stoltenberg, with a total additional amount of U.S.$450 billion more for the alliance.

The secretary-general told CNN earlier on Wednesday that if Donald Trump were elected again to the White House the United States would remain a ‘staunch ally’ of NATO.