Lawmakers from 8 nations form new alliance to counter China, call Beijing `threat to global trade, human ri...

Lawmakers from 8 nations form new alliance to counter China, call Beijing `threat to global trade, human ri...

LONDON: Lawmakers from 8 powerful nations have formed an alliance to counter China, calling it a big threat to the global trade, security and human rights. The new Inter-Parliamentary Alliance has been formed by senior lawmakers from eight democracies - US, Germany, UK, Japan, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Norway as well as members of the European Parliament - to counter-balance China’s growing global ambitions. These senior lawmakers from eight democracies believe that China’s growing influence poses a threat to global trade, security, and human rights. The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China was launched on Friday – at a time when the United States is trying to take allies onboard to cobble up a cohesive alliance to take on Beijing’s growing economic and diplomatic influence. It may be noted that the ties between the US and China have strained in the recent past after the outbreak of coronavirus in China’s Wuhan, regarding the Americans claim that the COVID-19 virus was developed in a Chinese lab to attack Americans. The US has also been a frontrunner in condemning Beijing’s move to impose national security legislation in Hong Kong that threatens the city’s autonomy. The newly launched group said it aims to “construct appropriate and coordinated responses, and to help craft a proactive and strategic approach on issues related to the People’s Republic of China.” The group is co-chaired by US Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democrat Bob Menendez, former Japanese defence minister Gen Nakatani, European Parliament foreign affairs committee member Miriam Lexmann, and prominent UK ...
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