On May 20, 2023, this blog published an article titled "French President Emmanuel Macron, without waving his hand at a commemorative photo in Miyajima, expressed his objection to the US-UK-led G7". It was clear that France's objection was aimed at the formation of a US-led encirclement network against China, but it seems that the focus was specifically on opposition to the opening of the Tokyo liaison office of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Financial Times (FT) reported on the 5th. "Don't strain the relationship between NATO and China any further." Macron is believed to have had a heated debate with the United States and the United Kingdom with this warning.
France, which has the overseas territory of New Caledonia in the Pacific, has reluctantly followed Germany's expansion into the Pacific in the name of a US-UK led global NATO. In 2014, under the Hollande administration, Japan signed an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA). Germany once expressed its intention to conclude an ACSA, but is cautious about concluding an ACSA.
"NATO should not expand its territory beyond the North Atlantic Ocean," said Macron, who emphasizes cooperation with China. The opening of the new office requires the unanimous support of NATO's decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council. "France has the right to stop the opening of the Tokyo office," Macron said, according to the FT.
Although not aligned with NATO, Japan cooperated in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as a global partner country. In January 2007, under the first Abe administration, Prime Minister Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to visit NATO headquarters. In his speech at the NATO Council, the supreme decision-making body of NATO, he said, "While adhering to the principles of the Constitution, the Japanese people will not hesitate to have the Self-Defense Forces conduct overseas operations for the sake of international peace and stability." there is
In 2018, Japan established the Permanent Mission of Japan to NATO at the Embassy of Japan in Belgium, de facto joining NATO, in response to the Obama administration's announcement of the priority deployment of US forces in the Pacific Ocean with a view to China. In June 2022, Prime Minister Kishida became the first Japanese prime minister to attend the NATO Summit in Spain. A document called the "Strategic Concept" adopted at this summit calls out China's threat, stating that "changes in the situation in the Indo-Pacific region will have a direct impact on the security of the North Atlantic."
While the countries of Southeast Asia are taking a neutral stance, refusing to choose between the United States and China, Japan, in addition to the quads of the United States, Australia, Japan, and India, and the United Kingdom, which has steered toward "Global Britain" Efforts have been made to contain China. South Korea's Yoon Seol-yue administration, which was inaugurated in May 2022, is the only one in East Asia who is trying to join this circle. Germany may join France's decision to move out of the siege of China.
The Global Times, an English-language newspaper under the Chinese Communist Party, said on May 8, ``The establishment of a NATO liaison office in Japan is no longer a symbolic move, but a substantive move toward the creation of so-called security defenses in China's periphery, and its target. is China," he said.
It is certain that this recognition was shared by President Macron and President Xi Jinping, who visited China in early April and talked for more than six hours. It is likely to spread beyond NATO member countries. The discord between continental Europe, led by France, and the United States and Britain is creating a definite rift in NATO.
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