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Three questions facing NATO's strategic transformation

By Fang Zhenjun (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:08, February 27, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Lt-Gen Jürgen Bornemann, director-general of the International Military Staff under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), recently led a delegation to visit Beijing. During the visit, Bornemann and his delegation exchanged views with senior Chinese military officials on NATO's new strategic concept, the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region and Middle East, as well as NATO-China military cooperation.

This is the first NATO military delegation to China since the organization's founding more than 60 years ago, showing its willingness to enhance relations with China. The visit has attracted the attention of certain experts on international relations and military affairs, who are interested in the future direction of NATO.

In order to adapt to the changing world, NATO introduced a new strategic concept in late 2010, which called for deepening strategic transformation. From an Asia-Pacific perspective, there are three major questions facing NATO's transformation.

The first question is how NATO will end military operations in Afghanistan. It has made considerable progress in combating terrorism in the Asian country, but at the same time caused heavy innocent civilian casualties and many other problems. The security situation in Afghanistan remains grave. Not long ago, an Afghan military officer shot at NATO troops due to anger over American troops who urinated on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters. This was a wake-up call to all parties concerned.

NATO should address both the symptoms and root causes of terrorism, and cannot simply rely on the use of force to solve all problems. The organization has made it clear that it will withdraw combat forces and transfer security tasks to Afghan forces by the end of 2014. In the next few years, it should make efforts to strike a balance among security, governance, and development in Afghanistan, prevent its counter-terrorism efforts from producing the opposite results, and avoid leaving Afghanistan in a mess like the Soviet Union did.

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