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Pentagon official touts NATO-Asia cooperation amid China threat

Europe policy director notes 'common security challenges' with Beijing and Russia

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sails in formation during the Sea Breeze 2020 multinational maritime exercise, co-hosted by Ukraine and the U.S., in the Black Sea on July 25, 2020. Japan and Australia are participating this year.   © Ukrainian Defense Ministry via Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. looks to bring together partners in Europe and the Indo-Pacific for more joint military exercises to tackle the threats posed by China and Russia, the U.S. Department of Defense's principal director for Europe and NATO policy told Nikkei.

Cyber, space and nonproliferation are areas where "NATO sees that we have common security challenges" with partners such as Japan, Australia and South Korea, Andrew Winternitz said in a recent interview.

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