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China’s Fears of an Indo-Pacific NATO Are More Myth Than Reality

  • China evoked Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with NATO comparison
  • Asia has sought to balance relations, avoid defense treaties
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China Warns U.S. Against Forming Asia Pacific NATO
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China’s concern that the U.S. is seeking to build an “Indo-Pacific version of NATO” has one major problem: A previous effort failed in the 1970s, and most Asian countries haven’t been interested in trying again. 

China Foreign Minister Wang Yi raised eyebrows on Monday when he accused the U.S. of looking to form a NATO-style military alliance “to maintain the U.S.-led system of hegemony.” The charge echoed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s justification for invading Ukraine, raising questions about whether Beijing may one day take similar preemptive military action in the region.