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Trump demands fluster NATO leadership

By Julian Shea and Cecily Liu in London | China Daily | Updated: 2018-07-13 07:57

NATO leaders held an emergency discussion at their summit in Brussels on Thursday after US President Donald Trump said he wanted member states to double their budgetary contributions.

The future of Afghanistan had been scheduled to top the agenda, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in attendance, before the change of focus.

The current target figure for NATO members' GDP expenditure on defense is 2 percent, but, according to the organization's own figures, of the 29 member states only the US (3.6 percent), Greece (2.2 percent), Estonia (2.14 percent), the UK (2.10 percent) and Poland (2 percent) meet that level.

Trump demands fluster NATO leadership

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