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NATO summit ends amid criticism of bloc aggression

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MADRID, June 30 (Xinhua) — The 2022 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit ended here Thursday amid mounting criticism of the military alliance’s increasingly aggressive and destabilizing security policies unveiled at the meeting.

Twenty-two NATO members agreed on Thursday to launch the NATO Innovation Fund, a multi-sovereign venture capital fund that will invest €1 billion (1.05 billion US dollars) in startups and other venture capital funds developing emerging technologies for both civilian and military use.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the fund’s signing ceremony that it would help transform NATO’s security environment and strengthen its innovation ecosystem.

The fund’s launch is the latest in a long list of provocative security policies adopted at NATO’s two-day meeting.

NATO leaders agreed on Wednesday to bolster the alliance’s forward defences, bolster the bloc’s battlegroups on the eastern flank and increase the number of standby troops to more than 300,000.

On the same day, they approved the military bloc’s new strategic concept, which Russia calls the “most important and immediate threat” to NATO’s security and falsely accuses China of “systemic challenges”.

NATO also invited Finland and Sweden to join the alliance on Wednesday.

In an explicit effort to meddle in Asia-Pacific regional affairs, NATO invited the leaders of Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand to attend its summit for the first time.

The four Asia-Pacific countries held a four-way meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit to discuss strengthening ties with the alliance.

The United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea also held a trilateral sideline meeting to discuss issues related to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

While Stoltenberg insisted the NATO meeting was aimed at “transforming and strengthening” the alliance for the security of its members, analysts and officials from non-NATO countries have said NATO is inciting bloc confrontation with an outdated Cold War regime. mentality.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Thursday condemned NATO’s new strategic concept. and ideological bias.

Zhao added that NATO claims to be a regional and defensive organization, but in fact it has violated regions and fields, constantly waging wars and killing civilians, and now NATO has expanded its reach into the Asia-Pacific region in an effort to export the Cold War mentality.

Gilbert Achcar, professor of development studies and international relations in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, told Xinhua on Thursday that NATO’s new strategic concept shows that the alliance is “going far beyond NATO’s territory to the Asia-Pacific.”

“NATO has always been used by the United States as a tool to perpetuate its hegemony,” Achcar added. “The United States is trying to get Europe to participate in its own policies, including in East Asia.”

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Madrid, the United States and many other European countries this week to protest the alliance and call for peace.

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