Lawmakers from nine countries founded a global coalition to maintain international order and counter the influence of the Chinese Communist Party.
The new Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), composed of 19 legislators, including U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), aims to: “Take a tougher stance,” on communist regime.
“How we respond to the People’s Republic of China and the Communist Party’s attempt to reshape the globe is the defining foreign policy question of our time,” Rubio said of the challenge facing IPAC, an organization open to legislators and organizations that want to get involved.
Alliance members are aware that the proportions of the challenge posed by the CCP cannot be borne by any one country or organization alone, according to the June 4 video.
In addition to Rubio and Menendez from the United States, lawmakers from Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Lithuania are participating.
For the founder and former British leader, Iain Duncan Smith, large corporations should also join this organization. Duncan called HSBC’s recent attitude of submission to the CCP “appalling.”
The CCP continues to commit multiple human rights violations, which together with its concealment of the facts related to the CCP Virus pandemic and the recent approval of the law that represses the rights of the Hong Kong people seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
In addition, the CCP is denying visas to German legislators who criticized its human rights abuses, and one of them said CCP leaders are “arrogant and aggressive.”
“Xi Jinping’s China combines systemic human rights abuses at home with efforts to reshape the international order according to its hegemonic ambitions,” said Reinhard Bütikofer, a member of IPAC and the European Parliament.
In principle, IPAC would be concerned with implementing international standards to maintain world order, defend human rights, promote trade equity, develop security strategies, and protect national sovereignties, according to its website.
“The democratic norms that keep us free and secure are under increasing pressure. The rules-based order is suffering. And this cannot continue unchecked,” IPAC members emphasized.
Similar to the formation of IPAC, an international coalition of 816 parliamentarians and policymakers from 40 countries issued a statement today condemning the “unilateral introduction of national security legislation in Hong Kong” by the CCP and calling on other governments to join this initiative.