[Global Times Special Correspondent in Australia Daqiao Yangchen] NATO invited Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand to participate in the NATO summit to be held at the end of the month.
According to reports, the leaders of the four countries will deliver a few-minute speech at the NATO summit.
For the four leaders of the Asia-Pacific countries who made their debut at the NATO summit, media from various countries have speculated on what they will say at the summit.
South Korea's "Daily Economy" said on the 23rd that South Korean President Yoon Seok-yue will deliver a 3-minute speech at the NATO summit, mainly for the Korean Peninsula.
Kim Sung-han, director of South Korea's National Security Office, said on the 22nd that Yoon Sek-yue's participation in the summit will explain South Korea's strong will to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula to NATO and propose a "bold plan".
In addition, he also intends to take this summit to actively promote South Korea's exports, including promoting the export of South Korean nuclear power plants to Poland and the Czech Republic, and cooperation with Poland in the defense industry.
According to the Japan Jiji News Agency, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said recently when talking about attending the G7 summit and NATO summit: "The security of Europe and the Indo-Pacific region is of paramount importance, and will (during the summit) call for no single appearance anywhere in the world. Change the status quo." The report also said that Kishida also plans to hold a Japan-US-South Korea leaders' meeting and a Japan-South Korea-Australia-New Zealand leaders' meeting during the NATO summit.
The Asahi Shimbun said Kishida was the first Japanese prime minister to attend a NATO summit.
Attending this NATO summit is an important opportunity for Japan.
The report quoted an official from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying: "If Kishida does not attend the NATO summit, it will be questioned whether Japan is consistent with the United States and Europe in dealing with the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. If this is the case, in the future, Japan's security will be caught in the 'Taiwan incident'. In times of crisis, it is difficult to turn to Western countries for help.”
The Australian government has not disclosed what Prime Minister Albanese will say at the NATO summit.
However, "The Australian" said that Albanese's attendance at the NATO summit is an important opportunity to reshape the relationship between Australia and NATO. The report suggested that Albanese should promote the establishment of formal relations between the two sides, not only to speak out on the issue of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Securing a "senior seat" for Australia in NATO, and also pushing for NATO's involvement in the "China issue".
The report also said that Albanese may visit Kyiv after the NATO summit.
This will be helping Ukraine at a time when it needs it most, "just as Australia needs international support to fend off bullying from Beijing".
"New Zealand Herald" said Ardern said in announcing his participation in the NATO summit that New Zealand has always been a partner of NATO and "did its part" in the issue of aid to Ukraine.
However, she said the new government would focus on finding a diplomatic solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
On Ardern's decision to attend the NATO summit, the new political commentary website "Newsroom" said that "New Zealand is too close to NATO", which will damage New Zealand's non-nuclear status and independent foreign policy.
Commentary criticized that New Zealand has been focused on making peace rather than war, but it is disturbing that 35 years after New Zealand became a non-nuclear state and withdrew from the US-Australia New Zealand security treaty, New Zealand is "back under the US defensive umbrella" again. .Keywords: