Strategic Questions for EU Leaders on NATO’s 70th Birthday

President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping shake hands in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
Now is the time for Trump to press Macron, Merkel, and others on the security risks posed by China.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L eaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries are gathering in London this week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the alliance. It’s the perfect opportunity for President Trump to declare a big halftime lead in his campaign to persuade other members to meet their financial obligations to the alliance. It’s also an opportunity to meet one-on-one with European leaders and assess their readiness to confront the growing threats that China’s geopolitical expansion poses to alliance members.

Trump should take French president Emmanuel Macron’s call for a new EU army as a sign of interest in defending France, NATO members, and the

Christopher R. O'DeaMr. O’Dea is an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is working on a book about China’s maritime commercial network.


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