Gonzalez Leads Bipartisan Letter with G-7 Partners Holding Chinese Communist Party Accountable
Washington, January 25, 2021 | Mason Di Palma
U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez along with Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee Norbert Röttgen, and nearly 70 other bipartisan legislators across the international Group of Seven (G7) led an interparliamentary letter to newly elected U.S. President Joseph Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the other heads of state across the G7 urging increased cooperation and partnership in holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable to the international system.
“The threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party represent the greatest foreign policy challenges of our time. These threats affect not only our nation, but also our most trusted democratic allies around the world. The mismanagement of the coronavirus at the start of the outbreak, the malign abuse of international organizations, gross violations of human rights perpetrated against their own people, and their hostile behavior across the Indo-Pacific, are only a handful of the threats that the Chinese Communist Party led government poses to the Free World,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “The alarms that Beijing has set off in Washington are being equally heard across the legislatures in Berlin, London, Ottawa, Tokyo, Paris, and Rome. It is essential that all G7 democracies work together to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable to the freedoms which China has internationally agreed to and that has led the world since the conclusion of the Second World War.”
“China’s selective approach to international law and its aggressive foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific as well as increasingly on a global scale, are the main challenges to the international order, as we have known it since the end of the Second World War,” said German Bundestag Chairman Röttgen. “It is not antagonism, but a realistic approach towards China we advocate for. Such realism entails the understanding that we are individually too small to address China’s behavior from a position of strength, but that we can do so in working together. In order to achieve a joint China strategy of the Free World, we all have to compromise, knowing that the protection of the freedoms which the international system has at its core, is worth it.”
“Because the actions of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are affecting global politics and our societies like never before, the G7 must stand up for the democratic principles we share and believe in…” reads the letter. “Representing the interests of our electorates, we urgently call our leaders to unite around a plan of action that addresses internal and external PRC behavior which we consider contradictory to international standards.”
The letter addresses several key issues in which the G7 leaders should begin to cooperate in response to the actions of China. These areas range from international institutional reform, technology standards, human rights, the Indo-Pacific, and cooperation on COVID-19.
“While our countries may not agree on all the solutions to the global challenges that we face, we believe that it is important that our governments work together in a collaborative and thoughtful way to address the issues outlined in this letter,” reads the letter.
Read the full letter here.