Trump went to NATO to focus on who would give in.


Trump went to NATO to focus on who would give in.

Original title: Trump went to NATO "kicking" again.

US President Trump arrived in Belgium on the 11 day to attend the two day NATO summit.

Before arriving in Europe, after arriving in Brussels, Trump criticized European countries on the issue of military expenses, saying the United States had overcharged NATO's military expenses.

Analysts believe that a series of differences between the United States and Europe on military expenditure and other issues may shake the long-term strategic cooperation relationship between the United States and Europe and reduce mutual trust, but it is also important to see that these contradictions still belong to the "internal problems" of the Western camps, and the cooperation has historical traditions, common values and interests.

The United States called "money" in Europe to call "unity"

When he arrived in Brussels on the 11 day, Trump said, "bluntly" with NATO Secretary General sturtenberg, that his criticism of NATO allies had made these countries a big increase in defense spending, but they were still not growing enough, and the United States still had too much and his country was still too little.

Stoltenberg said he expected the parties to launch an "open and frank" Discussion on defense spending at the NATO summit.

In fact, before leaving for Brussels, Trump repeatedly attacked the allies on defense spending. He said the United States had contributed a lot to NATO and took at least 70% of its expenses, while the European countries had paid too little, and this time they would "discuss solutions" with those countries.

Trump's standard is that by 2024, defense spending will account for 2% of GDP of the country's gross domestic product. But so far, only 5 countries in 29 NATO countries, including the United States, have met this standard.

Before the summit, Tusk, the president of the European Council, struck back at Trump's criticism. He said that the United States has no better allies than Europe. Money is important, but real solidarity is more important.

The "confrontation" is unavoidable to see who gives a concession

Ding Chun, director of the center for research on European problems at Fudan University and vice president of the China European Union, said that after Trump came to power, a series of "retreating" action, the "protection fee" of NATO, and Russia were threatened to shake the international order established on the basis of United States and European cooperation after World War II.

He believes that the "unpredictability" of this individual will may affect long-term strategic objectives, shake the long-term strategic cooperation relationship between the United States and Europe, and reduce mutual trust between the two sides.

In June 9, 2017, at the White House in Washington, the United States President Trump spoke at a joint press conference with visiting president Johannes (not in the picture) of the visiting Romania. Xinhua News Agency / Reuters

But in general, the contradiction between the US and Europe is still the "internal problem" of the Western bloc, and has not substantially changed or subverted the basic pattern of US Europe relations.

As for the possible "confrontation" between the two sides during the NATO summit, it is nothing more than weighing the pros and cons to see who will make more concessions.

A "dump" one to be independent

The trans the Atlantic relations are the diplomatic pillars that the United States and Europe have been trying to maintain for decades after the war. However, this US administration seems to be not very sure about this reason. It always calls on the United States to sacrifice for its allies and make a gesture of "burden".

For Europe, a series of "anti establishment" measures in the United States are gradually eating away from Western values or ideology, and Europe also has to cry out more frequently and louder than the slogan "Europe does not rely on the United States and walk independently".

It can be expected that this NATO summit will not only be a stage for us and Europe to argue about defense spending, but also a battlefield for two different views.

Background link

Since Trump came to power, the United States has repeatedly pressed NATO allies on defense spending.

The New York Times reported in July 2nd that Trump wrote to leaders of NATO countries such as Germany, Belgium, Norway, Canada and other NATO countries in June to increase their defense expenditure. In his letter, he threatened that if all countries did not act, the United States would consider shrinking its global military deployment as a "response".

According to reports, Trump's letter to German Chancellor Merkel is particularly harsh. He accused Germany of failing to meet defense spending standards of GDP2%, which undermined NATO's security and brought bad results to other countries.

In 2014, NATO members agreed to cut down and gradually increase defense spending at the Welsh summit, reaching a GDP ratio of 2% in 10 years.

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