janan.ganesh@ft.com on Biden and NATO. Political Observer comments

How telling that Mr. Ganesh has missed this essay by Ian Brzezinski , son of Zbigniew, for the propaganda arm of NATO, The Atlantic Council. It was published on June 1, 2020, and presents his conception of NATO’s role, in America’s relations with China. The first two paragraphs of Mr. Brzezinski’s essay gives the game away.

Headline: NATO’s role in a transatlantic strategy on China

On the eve of the NATO Summit in London last December, the Alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed the need for a collective response to China’s emergence as a global power. “This is not about moving NATO into the South China Sea,” he stated, “but it’s about taking into account that China is coming closer to us—in the Arctic, in Africa, investing heavily in our infrastructure in Europe, in cyberspace.” At the summit, NATO heads of state diplomatically declared that China has become a concern: “we recognize that China’s growing influence and international policies present both opportunities and challenges that we need to address together as an Alliance.”

Indeed, it is hard, if not impossible, for NATO to avoid China. Beijing presents a full spectrum challenge to the transatlantic community—a challenge whose potential mirrors, if not surpasses, that once posed by the former Soviet Union. China’s $14 trillion economy is expected to soon surpass that of the United States, and Beijing exercises that might in a predatory fashion around the globe, including in the United States and Europe. China threatens to boycott companies and countries that criticize its policies, leverages its debt instruments against poor nations, and is buying up critical infrastructure around the world. Its acquisition of European ports has raised concerns of top NATO commanders who warn that such ownership could adversely affect the Alliance’s ability to use those facilities in times of crisis.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/natos-role-in-a-transatlantic-strategy-on-china/

The New Cold War on two fronts: Russia and China, with the lesser player in this political melodrama being Iran. 

Beijing presents a full spectrum challenge to the transatlantic community—a challenge whose potential mirrors, if not surpasses, that once posed by the former Soviet Union.

What Mr. Brzezinski  offers is a more sophisticated ‘Containment Policy’,  the once central idea of Kennan, in his ‘Long Telegram’ and ‘The X Article’ in Foreign Policy. Even Kennan eventually repudiated this strategy. Like so many of the Foreign Policy Technocrats, Ian Brzezinski lacks political/policy imagination. But more importantly NATO is and will always remain a military organization: a wing of American Military power, whose fealty is not to the notion of peaceful co-existence! 

Political Observer

https://www.ft.com/content/d5829831-8ecb-486e-9b1f-251fb58450ef

 

 

 

 

 

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