Taiwan, according to the global alliance

Since China is unlikely to relax its ‘oppressive policies’, democracies should develop ties with Taiwan and diversify supply chains, says IPAC

  • By Jonathan Chin / Editor, with CNA

The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) yesterday urged democracies to support Taiwan, reorganize supply chains and impose sanctions on Chinese officials, a day before the opening of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China ( CCP).

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) is expected to secure a third term in office, showing that “the CCP has no intention of moderating its belligerent policies at home or abroad,” the international group of lawmakers wrote in A press release.

“Xi’s new selection will also see a concentration of power not seen since Mao. [Zedong (毛澤東)] era, with the CCP’s authoritarian rule transformed into a personal dictatorship,” the alliance said.

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“The CCP under Xi’s leadership has perpetrated industrial-scale human rights abuses in the Uyghur region, violated international agreements on Hong Kong’s autonomy, and provided tacit support for the brutal invasion of Hong Kong. Ukraine by Russia while escalating military threats against Taiwan,” he said.

Since China has shown no sign of easing its “oppressive policies”, democratic countries are urged to “renew their efforts to safeguard human rights, democracy and the international order based on rules,” the alliance said, calling for “urgent action” to counter Beijing.

Democratic governments should impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for implementing repressive policies in the Uyghur region, Tibet and Hong Kong, he said.

“Supply chain dependency audits” should be conducted to ensure they are diverse, resilient and “untainted by forced labor abuse” in China, the alliance said.

Democracies are also urged to develop political and economic ties with Taiwan, “including through bilateral and multilateral trade and investment agreements”, he said.

Extradition treaties with China and Hong Kong must be repealed “to protect diasporic groups threatened by the PRC”. [People’s republic of China] transnational repression,” he said.

The IPAC is made up of more than 200 lawmakers from national legislatures and the European Parliament, many of whom are sanctioned by Beijing. The lawmakers who signed the statement came from the legislatures of Albania, Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, from Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Parliament and elsewhere.

Separately, U.S. Senators Jim Risch, a Republican, and Bob Menendez, a Democrat, said on Friday that the CPP under Xi’s rule had become “more active and more emboldened than ever.”

Menendez is chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Risch is a ranking member.

“As the 20th Party Congress begins this weekend and Xi Jinping consolidates his power and preaches ‘common development for all mankind,’ the CCP’s widespread campaign of oppression and economic instability will continue,” they wrote in a joint statement.

“From his predatory economic behavior to the crushing of Tibet’s religious and cultural autonomy, his campaign of genocide against the Uyghur people, his unrealistic ‘zero COVID’ policies, and the imposition and export of authoritarianism digital – the Communist Party today under Xi is more active and more emboldened than ever,” they said.

China cannot pretend to be committed to solving global security issues while threatening Taiwan with war and supplying Russia with energy and metal to continue its war in Ukraine, they said.

“Gaining a third term for Xi will only continue down this path of repression, economic coercion and regional instability,” they said.

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