During the two-day ministerial meeting in Brussel, Belgium, both Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and NATO leaders stressed unity to deal with the current challenges, including threats from the Chinese communist regime. The ministerial meeting was the first one conducted in person since the COVID-19 pandemic. Austin attended the meeting after visiting the Black Sea region—Romania, Ukraine, and Georgia—earlier this week. “What we have seen in NATO in the last years, it’s actually a fundamental shift, and where we are now re-focusing our efforts on collective defense to respond to a more competitive world, state-to-state rivalry,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a press conference Friday. “And that of course includes the rise of China, which is fundamentally changing the global balance of power.” A day earlier, Stoltenberg told reporters that China is heavily modernizing its military capabilities, including advanced nuclear systems and long-range missile systems, as well as its capabilities in …https://www.theepochtimes.com/c-us-politics

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