“Julianne Smith, a former national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, told Newsweek it is premature to talk about a post-Russia NATO. ‘This is not an alliance looking for more to do,’ she explained. ‘It still has to focus on its core mission of enhanced deterrence in central and eastern Europe.’

“… The alliance isn’t united on China, Smith said, ‘which is why it’s important for NATO to start talking about the challenge. Portugal and Greece look at China much more favorably than say, Germany and France. We have to close this divide and help countries understand what China is doing.’

“… From the American perspective, ‘We can’t address many of the challenges associated with China’s rise on our own,’ Smith said. ‘This isn’t just a bilateral issue. We need friends and allies to counter what China is doing…'”

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