No. 1317 NATO Summit Meeting

The NATO Summit Meeting was held in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July, agreeing on accelerating military assistance to Ukraine. The leadership of the alliance invited Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand, following the last meeting in June 2022. The event has manifested to beleaguer China with a leading role bestowed to Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.


The communique of 2023 NATO Summit Meeting has sought ‘a complete and unconditional withdrawal of the Russian military force’. NATO is ‘determined not to go to ceasefire before triumph’ and is to provide weapons in an accelerated manner so that ‘the assistance package should be upgraded to a multiyear program’.

NATO membership of Ukraine – after the war

Actually, France expressed to deliver long-range missiles, while Germany sent patriot missiles and Leopard I tanks. Meanwhile the United States had pledged to distribute cluster munitions before the meeting.

Ukraine asked for accession to the alliance, but in order to evade a war with Russia the NATO leadership agreed to create a new ‘NATO-Ukraine Council for dialogue between the country and Allies on the equal term’. The alliance arranged to help with ‘contemporary military equipment in the domains of land, air and sea’ and encourage military industries of the nation. The decision means an optimum choice to the bid for membership to wait until the war ends. The stance will prolong the military conflict.

Closer cooperation with Japan’s Self Defense Forces

To the US a real ‘threat’ is China. The NATO, though it commits in the Euro-Atlantic areas, invited Japan and other Pacific nations last year with an intention to extend the military bloc to the Asia and Pacific region.

The said communique also specifies that ‘ambitions and coercive policies of China challenge the interests, security and values of the alliance’. Premier Kishida delivered a speech, saying that ‘security in Europe and security in the Info-Pacific region are inseparable. The aggression to Ukraine is not a problem limited to Europe. I welcome the European allies’ closer commitments in the affairs of Indo-Pacific region’.

The prime minister has agreed on the new partnership, the Partnership Program, between the NATO and Japan. It spans four years beginning in 2023 in broader spheres, focusing on countermeasures to the emerging and disruptive technologies, including cyber defense policies and AI, and security in the outer space.

The program is regarded as ‘a roadmap to upgrading the mutual assistance readiness viable even in an emergency’; in its essence, it will seek common standards in equipment and technologies to strengthen interoperability between the SDF and the NATO troops. Assuming a ‘contingency around Taiwan’, the SDF will get united militarily with NATO.

Euro-Members do not have same stance toward China

Different from the posture toward Russia, NATO members do not share the identical attitude as far as China is concerned. As is seen in the fact that President Macron opposes the opening of a NATO office in Tokyo, the Atlantic members have not yet reached an accord.

China has expressed a harsh criticism to the summit meeting, saying that ‘it is full of prejudices based on logics and ideologies of the Cold War era. China stringently denounces the leaders’ meeting. It is NATO that complicates the Asia-Pacific region’.

August 2, 2023