UK and USA Agree on Tougher Action Against China

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On the eve of the G7 conference in the United Kingdom, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed a new Atlantic Charter.

The accord, as well as the two chiefs of states’ joint statement, put the spotlight on communist China.

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Biden and UK Prime Minister Borris Johnson signed the agreement. The agreement is modeled after the Atlantic Charter of 1941, which was signed by then-US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

This happened in a pledge to cooperate on peace and democracy, as Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party invaded Europe.

Dealing With China

China continues to undermine the international liberal democratic rules-based order; therefore, the new charter will see the allies work together, once more, to combat the spread of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

The revived Atlantic Charter, according to Biden, reinforces our continued commitment to upholding and defending our lasting principles; this applies against new and old challenges by building on the pledges and goals laid out 80 years ago.

In a joint letter, Biden and Johnson stated that they should work very closely with all partners to identify with our democratic ideals; they also committed to stopping all those who try to destroy our relationships and systems.

This new Atlantic charter listed eight critical areas wherein the United States and the United Kingdom have promised to cooperate, similar to the 1941 declaration.

They involve preserving democracy’s ideas, ideals, and structures, as well as human dignity, national sovereignty and legitimate use of the oceans; a dedication to open and fair international trade is also included, along with the eight main commitments involving health and environmental responsibility.

The text did not specifically reference communist China; however, it is apparent that the agreement’s obligations define how the two nations want to work together to confront Beijing’s challenges.

The obligations on human rights, the rule of law, the free press, fair trade, freedom of navigation, and safeguarding the liberal West’s advantage in science and technology directly addresses the Chinese regime’s continued infringement on liberties in Hong Kong (and ethnic cleansing against Uyghurs in Xinjiang).

China’s Military Expansion

China’s escalating military action in the South China Sea, the creation of financial traps for countries participating in its Belt & Road initiative (as well as the persistent theft of others’ IP rights) were also mentioned.

On the same day, the Chinese communist dictatorship reacted rapidly to the new Atlantic charter, interpreting it as a threat to Beijing. The document, according to China’s state-run English media Global Times, misreads the key trend of the time and risks upsetting the balance of Europe.

In a joint declaration, Biden and Johnson said the revised Atlantic Charter will strengthen cooperation between the two countries in crucial areas.

They emphasized that the US and UK support a thorough second-phase study into the origins of the COVID-19 epidemic, mentioning China explicitly.