NATO's concerns over China are highlighted by French and German air force missions in the Pacific
NATO's concerns over China are highlighted by French and German air force missions in the Pacific

China: A military analyst believes that the recent military deployment of Germany and France in the Indo-Pacific highlights NATO's growing concern over China.

The German Air Force sent 13 military aircraft to the region for the first time to participate in the international Pitch Black exercise in Australia, and last year it sent a warship into the South China Sea for the first time in 20 years.

After the departure of fighter jets, multi-role jets and transport aircraft from Germany, Air Force Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz said, "We want to demonstrate that we can be in Asia within a day." Huh."

The aircraft will participate in the exercise along with their Australian and Singaporean counterparts, with smaller air fleets visiting Japan and South Korea.

According to Sun Keikin, a research fellow at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, Germany changed its security strategy in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February.
He claimed the deployment resulted in what NATO described as a systemic "challenge" for China - the first time the coalition had done so in its mission statement.

Germany is cooperating with the US, which is China's rival, and shows that the US is focused on the Indo-Pacific, according to Sun.

Due to the fact that Germany has no territory in the Pacific, unlike France, they also claimed that the German deployment was "unnecessary".

“Germany has a lot of business here, so there is absolutely no need to take this step under normal circumstances. It is easy for people to interpret deployment as a change in military power, which does not present a positive image after World War II. , , They said.

Meanwhile, France sent aircraft from Europe on a mission to New Caledonia, its overseas territory, which it claimed wanted to demonstrate its ability to project air power over great distances.

The Air Force contingent made a technical halt in India to complete this unheard of deployment of 16,600 kms.

French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenin said, "France is a resident power of the Indo-Pacific, and this demonstrates our commitment to the ambitious long-range air power launch area and our allies."

According to the embassy, ​​the mission demonstrates that French and European commitment to the Indo-Pacific has not been undermined by the security situation in Europe. The aircraft will also take part in the Pitch Black exercise to be held in Australia.

According to Antoine Bondaz, a research fellow at the Strategic Research Foundation in Paris, the launch of the troop by the French Air Force to the Indo-Pacific is not new, and the deployment "is generally a message of the determination and credibility of our military forces."

According to French officials, our Indo-Pacific strategy is not meant to confront China and is different from strategies that focus entirely on military conflict, he said.

We must protect the more than 1.5 million French citizens living in the Indo-Pacific, as well as seven of our territories, because we have sovereignty interests in this region.

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