|IPAC Co-Chairs, Pix from Website|
IPAC members hace developed a credo:
Marco Rubio, in a video posted on Twitter announcing the launch of the groupLawmakers from several countries announced on Friday the formation of a new coalition formed to counter the “challenge” presented by China’s ascendancy on the world stage. The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) [對華政策跨國議會聯盟对华政策跨国议会联盟対中政策に関する列国議会連盟] is comprised of 18 politicians, including U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez. Other members represent Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the U.K. and the European Parliament. The group’s stated mission is to increase collaboration between “like-minded legislators” to craft a “strategic approach” on issues related to China, according to its website. (Lawmakers Form Global Coalition to Tackle the China 'Challenge').
Members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China subscribe to the following principles:
- Democratic states must maintain the integrity of their political systems, and actively seek to preserve a marketplace of ideas free from distortion.
- A free, open, and rules-based international order that supports human dignity is created and maintained through intention. The persistence of such an order requires like-minded countries to participate actively in its governance and enforcement. (IPAC Website HERE)
What specifically are the elements of "Democratic Internationalism"?
Safeguarding international rules-based order: The People’s Republic of China must be held to the standards of the international legal order, which itself must be protected from distortion.These are to be applied not just to the situation in Hong Kong but elsewhere in defining global relations with China. But also in disciplining political elements within the liberal democratic order who stray from these core organizing principles.
Upholding human rights: Relations between states and the PRC must give due prominence to universal human rights.
Promoting trade fairness: The PRC must be held to the standards of the rules-based order, especially those as set out by the World Trade Organisation.
Strengthening security: Democracies must develop complementary security strategies to address challenges presented by the PRC.
Protecting national integrity: The PRC must not be permitted to compromise the sovereignty or institutions of any developed or emerging markets through lending, investment, or by any other means. (IPAC Website HERE)
This post considers the establishment within the context of the transformation of Hong Kong, and the significance of its formation around the time of the June 4th Incident 1989 at Tiananmen Square. Both Chinese and Western liberal democratic actors have sought to amplify their actions against each other and within Hong Kong around this anniversary and for very good reason. But each draws different lessons, and each seeks the alignment of the anniversary with the legitimization of the two diverging poles of rationalizing Hong Kong's status--the one centered around its national character, and the other around its international status.
|(Pix Credit: Lawmakers Form Global Coalition to Tackle the China 'Challenge')|
And, of course, the anniversary powerfully amplifies the message of one of the CECC co-chairs, and a past candidate for the presidency of the United States, in forming the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) and directing its work. IPAC will be as powerful a force for the disciplining of liberal democratic principles as it presents a challenge to Chinese authorities.