Global peace activists warn of the dangers of US-led anti-China pacts
A group of international peace advocates warns of collective defense agreements “which dangerously increase geostrategic military tensions with China,” published a letter on Friday denouncing the new trilateral pact between Australia, Britain and the United States, while at the same time denouncing “peace, justice and disarmament . “
The letter, signed by peace groups and activists from over a dozen nations, was released when the leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia – the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or “Quad” – met at the White House to share their concerns about china.
It also follows the announcement of the Australia-UK-US Pact (AUKUS) earlier this month, which contains provisions for new arms sales and has been dubbed the “anti-China” alliance by a British peace group.
Read the full letter:
On the eve of the Quad Alliance Summit, proponents of peace, justice and common security from the Quad and AUKUS member countries as well as Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, India, Great Britain, Germany and the USA met to analyze and build resistance against the dangerous and increasing militarism of the Quad and AUKUS alliances.
The emerging coalition condemns the Quad and AUKUS alliances, which are dangerously increasing geostrategic military tensions with China. This intensified military competition not only increases the risk that accidents or misjudgments can escalate into catastrophic wars, but seriously undermines the possibility of US-China and broader international cooperation to reverse the existential threats posed by nuclear weapons, the climate emergency and pandemics. The strategic competition between the great powers carries the risk of a great power war that will destroy the planet.
In contrast to the recently announced US-Australian-British alliance, Australian peace organizations are demanding that Australia not become the base of the US military, that Australian sovereignty not be ceded to the US, and that their government not encourage nuclear proliferation and risk environmental disaster linked to the agreement to purchase submarines powered by highly enriched uranium.
President Biden spoke of a turning point. Negotiations and the announcement of the AUKUS alliance indeed mark a dangerous turning point in the geostrategic situation.
- Instead of increasing stability and security, the Quad and AUKUS alliances are fueling dangerous, Cold War-like arms races that must be reversed with joint security diplomacy.
- The transfer of highly enriched uranium and related technologies to Australia violates the Non-Proliferation Treaty and promotes the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It provides Australia with the resources it needs to become a nuclear power, and major political and military figures in India, South Korea and Japan ask why they have been denied these capabilities.
- The announcement of the AUKUS alliance has catastrophic global strategic effects. After NATO’s hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden government again acted without consulting its NATO allies. This is fueling calls from European and EU leaders to create an independent European military superpower. The new military alliance strengthens the arms race worldwide.
- The AUKUS alliance is increasing the pressure on ASEAN and other nations to choose between the sides that endanger their independence.
Forty years ago, the establishment of a common security diplomacy played an important role in the negotiations on the Inter-Nuclear Forces Treaty and the end of the Cold War. The new international peace coalition is committed to building international pressure for the demilitarization of the Indo-Pacific and a common security diplomacy to address and reverse the existential threats posed by nuclear weapons, the climate emergency and pandemics.
No to military alliances and preparation for catastrophic wars. Yes to peace, disarmament, justice and the climate.
(Signatory as of 9:00 a.m., Manila time, September 24)
- International Peace Office
- Asia Europe Peoples Forum – Cluster Peace and Security
- Independent and peaceful Australian network
- Australian Anti Bases Campaign Coalition
- Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
- US-China Healthy Policy Committee
- Global network against weapons & nuclear power in space
- Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice (Guam)
- Le Mouvement de la Paix (France)
- Veterans for Peace Chapter 113 Hawaii
- Peace Women Partners, Philippines
- Action for the Sovereign Philippines
- I Hagan Famalao’an Guahan, Inc. (Guam)
- KILUSAN (Movement for National Democracy) Philippines
- KAISAKA (Women’s Unity for Liberation) Philippines
- Maui Peace Campaign (Hawaii)
- Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (Solidarity of Filipino Workers / BMP) Philippines’
- Philippine Women’s Network for Peace and Security
- Annette Brownlie (Independent & Peaceful Australia Network, Australia)
- Hannah Middleton (Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, Australia)
- Denis Doherty (AABCC, Australia)
- Ross Wynther (IPAN, Australia)
- Anuradha Chenoy (Asia-Europe Peoples Forum, India)
- Reiner Braun (International Peace Office, Germany)
- Michael Klare (Committee for a Healthy US-China Policy)
- Joseph Gerson (Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, USA)
- Mililani B. Trask (Hawaii)
- Dave Webb (Nuclear Disarmament Campaign, UK)
- Tina Ebro (Asia-Europe Peoples Forum, Philippines)
- Dong Huy Cuong (Asia-Europe Peoples Forum, Vietnam)
- Francis Daehoon Lee (Peace MOMO, Korea)
- Roland Simbulan (Professor at the University of the Philippines)
- Corazon Valdez-Fabros (International Peace Office, Philippines)
- Alain Rouy (Le Mouvement de la Paix, France)
- Merci Angeles (Peace Women Partners, Philippines)
- LisaLinda Natividad (Guahan)
- Kevin Martin (peace campaign, USA)
- Jim Anderson (Peace Campaign, National Office, USA)
- Emily Rubino (New York Peace Campaign and CPDCS, USA)
- Cole Harrison (Massachusetts Peace Action, USA)
- Mele Stokesberry (Maui Peace Campaign, Hawaii)
- Kyle Kajihiro (Hawaii)
- Ann Wright, Veterans for Peace Chapter 113-Hawaii
- Ruchama Marton (Doctors for Human Rights, Israel)
- Susan Hawthorne (Spinifex Press, Australia)
- Mandira Tamrakar (Nepal)
- Fabiana Elias de Mesquita (Brazil)
- Maria Miel Laurinaria (Philippine Women’s Network for Peace and Security)
- Djoana Janier (Scrap VFA Movement, Philippines)
- Dr. Kate Dewes (Aotearoa / New Zealand)
- Rasti Delizo (Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, Philippines)
- Aida Fulleros Santos (International Women’s Network Against Militarism, Philippines)
- Lot dela Cruz (Stop the Philippines War Coalition)