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MPs from eight countries form new global coalition to counter China

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Dec 20, 2019
London: What does the chair of the Australian Parliament's intelligence committee have in common with a German Greens MP, a former Japanese defence minister and a former Liberal Canadian attorney-general?

The answer is China.


Australian MPs, Liberal Andrew Hastie and Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching (top left) are co-chairing the Australian branch of the inter-parliamentary Alliance on China, formed by former UK Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith (second left on the bottom). MPs from eight countries and the European Parliament are joining forces, demanding their governments take a stronger and coordinated stance on China.

A group of 19 MPs from eight countries and the European Parliament, representing a swathe of parties from across the political spectrum have announced a new international coalition of legislators who want their governments to take a tougher and collective stance towards China.

The founder of the group — former Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith — said the business community should also take notice of the new international coalition of legislators, singling out HSBC bank for its "appalling" backing of China's new security law cracking down on Hong Kong.

"They will be in the firing line," Duncan Smith told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.


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Victorian Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching and Liberal MP and chair of Parliament's intelligence committee, Andrew Hastie, are co-chairing the Australian branch.

Kitching said it was "heartening" to be joining forces with "like-minded parliamentarians".

"The world is seeing an increasingly assertive China; and in Australia, we have become increasingly aware that the way we deal with authoritarian regimes cannot be the same as the way we deal with democracies," the senator said.

Miriam Lexmann, a Member of the European Parliament from the centre-right EPP, said the EU's foreign policy towards the People's Republic of China had to be "values-based" if the EU was to have any credibility at home and abroad.

He said Beijing's aggressive wolf-warrior diplomacy and economic intimidation towards Australia had accelerated the need for the group, with many of the represented countries still forming their China policy.

Duncan Smith said China's actions in the South China Sea and crackdown in Hong Kong since the pandemic had shown the West that it was dealing with a new posture from Chinese President Xi Jinping and must adapt fast.

"There was a chain of events signalling quite a significant change in direction from the Xi government in that they were no longer interested in general diplomacy but were using their power to intimidate different nations," he said.

"No one country now honestly reviews all of this alone ... it can't be left to one country," he said.

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He was adamant that the international coalition should be extended beyond the Five Eyes Anglo-Saxon intelligence sharing club comprising the UK, Australia, US, New Zealand and Canada.

Duncan Smith has been at the forefront of the backbench rebellion against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's green light for Chinese vendor Huawei to supply Britain's 5G networks.

That decision is facing likely defeat in the Commons by government backbenchers; to prevent a humiliating loss, Johnson has now subjected his January decision to a new review ahead of an expected smackdown.


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Duncan Smith also warned business leaders to take notice of the grouping.

This week, HSBC backed China's new security law for Hong Kong, which Britain says is a violation of the 1984 Britain and China signed, guaranteeing Hong Kong's autonomy from Beijing.

"We respect and support laws and regulations that will enable HK to recover and rebuild the economy and, at the same time, maintain the principle of 'one country two systems'," a company statement said.

He said Conservative MPs had expressed "fury" with the UK-headquartered bank on the group WhatsApp chat.

"What I would say to HSBC is that you have greater responsibilities than just to your bottom line. The people of HK are crying out for support in terms of this challenge and the first thing you do is say 'no actually, we're siding with the oppressors.'"

MPs in Australia have complained that some business leaders are appeasing China's actions and undermining the government's foreign policy, which enjoys bipartisan support.

Co-chairs of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China:

  • Australia: Liberal MP Andrew Hastie and Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching
  • United Kingdom: Labour peer Baroness Helena Kennedy and Conservative MP Iain Duncan-Smith
  • United States: Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democrat Senator Robert Menendez
  • Germany: Greens MP Margarete Bause and Christian Democratic Union MP Michael Brand
  • Japan: Independent MP Shiori Yamao and Liberal Democrat MP Gen Nakatani
  • Canada: Conservative MP Garnett Genuis, Liberal MP John McKay and former Liberal attorney-general Irwin Cotler
  • Norway: Liberal leader Trine Skei Grande and Conservative MP Michael Tetzschner
  • Sweden: Liberal People's Party MP Fredrik Malm and Christian Democrats Councillor Elisabet Lann
  • The European Parliament: Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer and European People's Party MP Miriam Lexmann


Oct 4, 2016
Meanwhile, everyone turns a blind eye to the harassments the united states is causing to its own people. Coz their white brah so they right. White = Right.

Sorry for the racist stereotypical generalization, not.


Dec 29, 2014
China will stop imports from Australia, and then Australia will come to knees

Russia and china have joined hands to move forward. both are energy /economic / military powers. some small sanctions and nothing else... china will controll asia and africa ... eurpe dependent on russia ....

Trump will lose election as Exports to china are falling and people are going out of jobs and buisness.


Jul 25, 2016
  • Nine lawmaking bodies are represented in the new Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China
  • US members of coalition are Senators Robert Menendez and Marco Rubio, who are known as China hawks


US Senator Marco Rubio is a member of the new Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China. Photo: AP

A group of Western lawmakers on Friday announced the formation of a coalition to “adopt a tougher stance on the Chinese Communist Party” through collective strategies.

The group, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China
(IPAC), is aimed at confronting China’s growing geopolitical prowess amid international outcry over its decision to impose a national security law in Hong Kong, as well as criticism of its lack of transparency over the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ipac is made up of 18 high-profile lawmakers sceptical of China, including US Senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez, the European Parliament’s Reinhard Bütikofer and Iain Duncan Smith, a member of the British Parliament and former leader of the Conservative Party.

“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,” said Rubio.

The challenge, he added, “is much greater than any individual country, administration or political party”.


Reinhard Bütikofer is a member of the European Parliament and former chairman of the German Green Party. Photo: AFP
Rubio and Menendez are vocal China hawks on Capitol Hill and have each driven numerous legislative efforts in the current Congress to confront China on issues including the treatment of ethnic minorities in the country’s far west to the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy.

They introduced legislation last year calling for sanctions on Chinese officials over the mass internment of Uygurs and other largely Muslim ethnic groups, a version of which recently passed both chambers and awaits the signature of US President Donald Trump.

Rubio serves as co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, an influential panel set up in 2000 to advise Congress and the administration on issues relating to human rights and rule of law in the country.

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Representing Germany in the new group is Michael Brand, who is the human rights spokesman of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union. He has previously spoken out against Germany’s “kowtowing” to China.

Referring to the Chinese president, Bütikofer said: “Xi Jinping’s China combines systemic human rights abuses at home with efforts to reshape the international order according to its hegemonic ambitions. One thing the last decade has taught us is that no country can defend the integrity of the international order alone.”

The group said it would focus on five areas on China-related policymaking: safeguarding international rules-based order; upholding human rights; promoting trade fairness; developing complementary security strategies; and protecting national sovereignty and integrity.

China under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party represents a global challenge,” the Ipac members, representing nine lawmaking bodies, said in a joint statement.

Japanese, Australian, Canadian, Norwegian and Swedish lawmakers were also represented, and the group said more members were expected to join.

“Democratic norms that keep us free and safe are under ever greater pressure. The rules-based order is suffering. And this cannot continue unchecked,” they said, adding: “No country should have to shoulder this burden on their own.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Western politicians should abandon their cold war mentality.

“We urge a small number of politicians to respect the facts, the basic norms of international relations, abandon the cold war mentality and ideological prejudice, stop using various issues to interfere in China’s internal affair and stop engaging in political manipulation for their own interests.

“We hope that they can play a more constructive role in the solidarity and cooperation of the international community,” he told a press conference on Friday.


Feb 5, 2011
Lol... Wow, try to divert neocon abuse of human right like killing of blacks and minority with this kind of cheapshot. These people looks desperate.
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Jul 12, 2011
Antigua And Barbuda
International cooperation is needed to protect democratic values from an increasingly assertive communist China, a new group made up of lawmakers from eight countries and the EU parliament has said.

The legislators, representing parties across the political spectrum, have formed a global alliance, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, to push their governments to take a stronger stance on relations with the country.

In Britain, the group will be co-chaired by the Labour peer Helena Kennedy and the former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan-Smith. The other members of the group are Japan, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Australia and the European Union, as well as the US. The US senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez are co-chairs.

“China under the rule of the Chinese Communist party represents a global challenge,” the co-chairs said in a statement. “When countries have stood up for the values and human rights, they have done so alone, sometimes, at great cost. No country should have to shoulder this burden on their own.”

They added that “no nation should be able to freely jeopardise global values and human rights”.

The alliance comes at a time of rising tensions between Beijing and other major global powers, over everything from the status of Hong Kong and the origins of Covid-19 to the technology firm Huawei and China’s mass incarceration of Muslim minorities in its far-west Xinjiang region.

Beijing last month accused Washington of pushing the two countries towards a new cold war. This week it has repeatedly warned the UK of “consequences” for Boris Johnson’s offer of a path to citizenship for millions of Hong Kong residents, made in response to Beijing’s draconian new security law for the territory.



Jul 12, 2011
Antigua And Barbuda
The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China - made up of representatives from the UK, Japan, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Australia, the European Union and the United States - has argued that international cooperation between them is necessary in order to combat what they say is the threat to democratic values presented by Beijing


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