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How Enduring is the American-style Asian Version of NATO?

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The United States, committed to fanning the flames of wars in various regions around the world, and to entangling the whole world in military blocs and armed coalitions that are subordinate to it alone, in recent years has begun to purposefully approach how to create military alliances against countries that refuse to obey Washington’s dictates.

Specifically owing to this, in 2018 the United States came up with the idea of creating a so-called “Arab NATO”, whose main objective would be confronting Iran. According to the plans laid down by White House strategists, the makeup of this kind of new military bloc – the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) – was supposed to include six countries in the Persian Gulf: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain, as well as Egypt and Jordan. The idea of putting together this broad association of Arab states originated in the White House back in 2011, at the dawn of the so-called “Arab Spring,” and this project again took on more relevance against the backdrop of yet another flare-up in relations between the US and Iran. However, given the different attitudes toward the Iranian threat among members in the US-planned MESA, this White House “project” has not yet started to develop.

And so, implementing the call made by President Donald Trump a year ago that NATO should supposedly not only keep tabs on Russia, but also China, the White House has recently begun to take active measures to create a so-called “Asian NATO”. This, in particular, was brought up at the recent American-Indian forum by US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who announced plans to create a powerful group in the Asia-Pacific region. According to Washington’s concept, it will first include the United States, Japan,........

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