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Posted on 04/08/2010 8:45:05 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Last February, in a speech at the annual Munich Security Conference, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen argued that the Alliance should turn into a consultation forum for global security issues. Such a role, he argued, would require the transatlantic security alliance to develop closer relations with all major global players, including India and China.
Only a few years ago, any mentioning of India and China as potential NATO partners would have led to raised eyebrows not only in Delhi and Beijing, but also in many NATO member countries. Not this time. In the days just after the Munich conference, there were a few, predictably cautious reactions in India and China. All in all, however, the Secretary Generals suggestion did not spark a lot of debate, let alone controversy.
And why should it? This is not a veiled attempt to draw India and other rising powers into the Alliances political and military orbit. And neither is it an attempt to outflank the United Nations as the ultimate arbiter of global security. The suggestion to use NATO as a consultation forum is much less grandiose, and much more pragmatic: in an age that is increasingly shaped by the forces of globalisation, managing common security challenges requires a much tighter network among the key players.
Afghanistan is a compelling case in point. NATOs leadership of the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has not only brought the Alliance to Chinas borders, it has also created much greater interdependence between NATO and India. As a major international donor, and given her considerable civilian presence in Afghanistan,
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The Afganistan venture is hanging by a thread and is not yet a success. It is supplied only by lines thru an increasingly unstable Islamic Pakistan and by an airfield in a small, destitute country, Islamic Kyrgyzstan, subject to success at being the highest bidder for airfield privileges. Russsia is apparently outbidding the US currently, as the new, coup- successful govt. says it wants the US out with Russia’s blessings and a desire to “help” Kyrgyzstan. Russia has an airfield there also and is moving in more troops in small numbers for security purposes.
NATO will up the bid via the US or be forced out.
The Chinese are very concerned over the events in Kyrgyzstan because it is in their backyard. As China and Kyrgzystan are neighbouring countries, there is a long history of population movements between the lands that today make up their national territories. There has been a large migration of Chinese people into Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyzstani university students of all ethnicities also often seek out employment with Chinese traders, using their job as an opportunity to learn the Chinese language.