MUNICH (AFP) - The head of NATO said Sunday its troubles in Afghanistan showed it was vital to boost ties with nations like China, India and Pakistan and transform the alliance into a global security hub. Drawing from flaws exposed in Afghanistan, where NATO is struggling to hold off a Taliban and Al-Qaeda insurgency, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the military alliance should become a forum for consultation on major hot spots. This is a key lesson we are learning in Afghanistan today ... we need an entirely new compact between all the actors on the security stage, he said at a major security conference in Munich, southern Germany. India has a stake in Afghan stability. China too. And both could help further develop and rebuild Afghanistan. The same goes for Russia. Basically, Russia shares our security concerns, he said. NATO and its partners have more than 110,000 troops in Afghanistan, but they have been unable to put down the insurgency more than eight years after a US-led coalition ousted the Taliban from power. Under a recent switch of strategy, almost 40,000 extra troops are streaming into the conflict-torn country, aiming to protect civilians and win their support, rather than hunt down fighters, many resupplied from Pakistan. Following last months conference in London, the strategy also involves a 'surge of civilian experts, backed by redoubled efforts from major donors, financial institutions and bodies like the United Nations and European Union. We cannot meet todays security requirements effectively without engaging much more actively and systematically with other important players on the international scene, Rasmussen said. The alliance should become the hub of a network of security partnerships and a centre for consultation on international security issues - even issues on which the alliance might never take action, he went on. What would be the harm if countries such as China, India, Pakistan and others were to develop closer ties with NATO? I think, in fact, there would only be a benefit, in terms of trust, confidence and cooperation. Rasmussen underlined that he did not seek to replace the work of the United Nations, and his stance was backed by German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. We dont want to enter into any competition with the United Nations, the minister said. We dont want to turn NATO into a global security agency. The alliances top military officer, US Admiral James Stavridis added: NATO is not a global actor, but an actor in a global world. Theres a huge difference. NATO is much more than just 28 allies, said Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay. Partnerships are integral to NATOs ability to meet security challenges at a distance.