A meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization began on a confrontational note on Wednesday with U.S. President Trump singling out Germany for criticism, accusing the largest and wealthiest Europeanmember of the defense alliance of being a â€œcaptiveâ€ of Russia.
During a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump pointedly criticized Germany for allowing Russian energy company Gazprom to construct the Nord Stream 2 pipeline through its waters.
Trump on Wednesday also kept up his demands for NATO members to contribute more money to the defense alliance that has been the linchpin of the Westâ€™s post-World War Two military cooperation.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg finds himself in the uncomfortable position of trying to bridge differences between the United States and the other 28 members of the alliance. â€œMy main task is to try to keep us together and I do that by trying to find common ground,â€ explained Stoltenberg.
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The Chinese government on Wednesday (28/10) harshly criticized the US for sending warships to the area of â€‹â€‹small islands and reefs in the South China Sea.
China condemned the US for sending warships to the area of â€‹â€‹small islands and reefs in the South China Sea are being disputed and claimed by China, although America promised to keep doing more patrol missions there.
China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday (28/10) said it had summoned the US ambassador in China Max Baucus to deliver a formal protest over the incident on Tuesday (27/10), which shows the boldest challenge America against China’s territorial claims are controversial.
Military officials in Washington said the cruise approaching Subi Reef region belonging to China was an exercise of “freedom of navigation” unrelated to the question of the sovereignty of the territory, which is also claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines.
A source in the Defense Department who did not wish to be named, told VOA Tuesday, it seems the US Navy will hold more patrols in the region.
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