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NATO's biggest threat now Trump administration

China Daily | Updated: 2018-07-13 08:04

IN A SUMMIT of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump unleashed a barrage of criticism against NATO, saying that the NATO members' tariffs on US goods are unfair given that they are protected by the United States. He also criticized Germany for being a "captive" of Russia, because of their gas business, and urged the NATO members to increase their defense outlay to 2 percent of their gross domestic product immediately, not by 2025 as it was agreed four years ago. Guancha.cn comments:

The Trump administration has successfully proved it is the foremost challenge that NATO has faced since the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s. The US, a creator and leader of the military bulwark, has lubricated the NATO war machine since its founding in 1949, making it buffer zone in the confrontation with the Soviet Union. In return, the US has also reaped NATO members' recognition of its leadership for decades.

But the US seems not content with the deal any more, with Trump extorting considerable economic returns, if not a form of protection fee, from the organization.

NATO's biggest threat now Trump administration

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