On November 18, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, published a majority report entitled, “The United States and Europe: A Concrete Agenda for Transatlantic Cooperation on China,” to advance greater collaboration between the United States and Europe on the challenges that China poses.
Risch’s counterparts from the EU and the U.K Foreign Affairs Committees are Member of the European Parliament David McAllister, chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Member of Parliament Tom Tugendhat, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, who joined him in the release of the report. Jamie Fly, senior fellow and senior advisor to the president at The German Marshall Fund of the United States moderated the event.
Risch stated, “Legislatures in free and open nations must step up and do our part to protect our freedoms and uphold the interests and values that nations on both sides of the Atlantic share. It is my hope that this report and event are just the starting point as we continue to chart a cooperative path forward on China.”
David McAllister said, “The transatlantic partners are facing similar challenges as regards China: unfair trade practices, cyber security, disinformation and the pursuit of geopolitical and technological dominance.”
Tom Tugendhat added, “It is clear to policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic that we’re seeing active attempts by the Communist Party of China to undermine the rules based system and rewrite the code of global exchange. We need to back our values and invest in our allies to defend our interests, and that means a coordinated response. The peace and prosperity of the last 70 years is based on the values of freedom that matter to us; together we can defend them.”
“Just as the United States and its European allies have tackled so many other challenges together, hopefully leaders on both sides of the Atlantic will follow this report’s advice and find common approaches to ensure that China does not further threaten the prosperity and security of Americans and Europeans,” said Jamie Fly.
Source: Senate Foreign Relations Committee, November 18, 2020