Lawmakers from 30 countries gathered in Washington on Tuesday to discuss tackling the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) threats to democracy, the international order and human rights.
The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) aims to issue a statement on Wednesday outlining its goals of defending human rights, strengthening democracies and supporting Taiwan and Ukraine, Nikkei Asia reported.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), IPAC co-chair, said legislation has been proposed to provide Taiwan with the equipment and training needed to defend against the CCP’s military threat.
“And I say this to you with full recognition that I believe there is no way we will come to the end of this decade without something happening, one way or another, in terms of is about Taiwan,” Rubio said in his speech.
“If, in fact, the Chinese Communist Party succeeds in subjugating the people of Taiwan to live under tyranny, it will be a moment that will shape the course of human events for generations,” he added.
China views Taiwan as a renegade province that must be reunited with the mainland. The CCP began its largest military exercises near Taiwan in August after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island.
Sen. Robert Menendez (DN.J.) said regional tensions are “not a choice between the West and China” but rather “on the [kind of world] we want to live,” according to IPAC on Twitter.
British politician Iain Duncan Smith says that Ukraine will join the coalition. IPAC was formed in June 2020 with members from the United States, Australia, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Taiwan to push sanctions against China
Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan’s ambassador to the United States, reportedly welcomed 60 international lawmakers to Washington on Tuesday to call on democracies to oppose China’s military pressure on Taiwan.
“We certainly hope that the international community stands with Ukraine, that it also stands with Taiwan…that together we can deter further aggression from China,” Hsiao told reporters. journalists.
It is not clear if the meeting was the same as the IPAC meeting. Reuters reported that they were IPAC members who support sanctions against China for aggression against the self-governing island.
Reuters contributed to this report.