North The usa’s leading strategic and security forum has issued a handbook for democracies aimed at understanding the challenges that China poses to them, and it recommends supporting the inclusion of India as the sixth permanent member of the UN Security Council, strengthening the Quad, and creating a global free-trade zone for democracies.
The 101-page handbook, titled China vs. Democracy: The Greatest Game, could also be a major topic for discussion at the 2020 edition of the three-day Halifax International Security Forum, which is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada.
The forum is traditionally hosted by Canada’s defence minister, in this case Harjit Sajjan. The handbook used to be based on feedback from almost 250 global leaders.
“The year 2020 witnessed a paradigm shift in the democratic world’s understanding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” said the forum’s president Peter Van Praagh. “(President) Xi Jinping’s China is now the most powerful authoritarian state in history. HFX’s Handbook for Democracies gives policy makers, journalists, businesses, and members of the public a comprehensive guide to what we are up against.”
Van Praagh expanded on this theme in the introduction to the handbook, as he famous that the forum had flagged the Chinese challenge for the past decade but it used to be not till this year “with the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic that began in Wuhan, China, and all of the uncertainty that accompanied it, that people around the globe began to understand the real threat – to our provide chains, to international organisations, to the open exchange of information, to the protection of confidential information, and to freedom of the seas and skies”.
The handbook states that China is “mean on undermining democracy out of the country”, including India, and specializes in the role that the Quad – formed in 2007 by the United States, India, Japan, and Australia – can play in this regard. It says, “The Quad’s rebirth can also be seen as one of the vital first concrete steps on the Road to clarity approximately Beijing’s intentions and the want to check them.”
It also underscores the need for India to receive a higher profile on the global stage, including a seat on the us. “India does not have the slightest interest in being a ‘balancing power’ for anybody excluding India. It’s going to mannered be emerging as a an important balancer against Chinese power, and this would be in the interests of all of the democratic world… India is having a look after its own interests. Fortunately, India’s interests and the remainder of the democratic world’s converge in many areas,” the handbook says.
It adds that “the world’s democracies must push for India to turn out to be the sixth permanent member of the United Nations Security Council”.
It also prescribed as a “long-term ambition” the creation of a “global free-trade zone for democracies”.
With the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and European Union’s unmarried market as “natural building blocks”, this must be “extended to include the UK, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and all other Indo-Pacific democracies, in addition to democracies in Africa and Central and South The usa”.
The 2020 edition of the forum, which begins on Friday, will feature a plenary of the topic China vs Democracy: The Greatest Game, and while its agenda includes the affect of the new US administration led by President-elect Joe Biden, it’ll also discuss topics such as Himalayan Heat: Sino-Indian Friction.