Proposal for Skopje Spring Congress 2020

Proposal 908

LYMEC Spring Congress, April 3 to 5, 2020 in Skopje

Author: Junge Liberale, JNC, LHG, Radikal Ungdom, NEOs, Lithuanian liberal youth


Status: [  ] accepted [  ] rejected [  ] transferred to: ___________________________

The Skopje Spring Congress 2020 may decide:

1EUnited against China

2Considering that:

13○       The PRC continues its wrongful occupation of Tibet, which started in 1950, to this day and

14denies the Tibetan people self-determination and basic human rights;

15○       The PRC has occupied and fortified the Paracel Islands, many of the Spratly Islands and

16the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea based on its unjustified sovereignty claim over all
17waters within the Nine-dash-line;

18○       The PRC has threatened to invade the Republic of China (Taiwan) and adopted a law that

19dictates an invasion in case Taiwan officially declares its independence, changes its official name
20or enacts a new constitution;

21○       The PRC has unlawfully detained over one million members of ethnic minorities primarily of

22Islamic belief, especially Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz, in detention camps within the Xinjiang
23Uygur Autonomous Region;

24○       The PRC has breached the Sino-British Joint Declaration by violating the fundamental

25rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong including the continued refusal to uphold free
26and fair elections as guaranteed in the Basic Law;

27○       The PRC has shown complete contempt for international institutions, such as Interpol by

28arresting its president, Meng Hongwei, which is a dangerous precedent to set for officials in vital
29international institutions.  

30Recognising that:

  • 31The invasion of Tibet violated Article 2 No. 4 Charter of the United Nations which prohibits
    32the use and threat of force in international relations and consequently the annexation of
    33Tibet is null and void;
  • 34The same applies to the PRC’s threats against Taiwan and would all the more apply to
    35an invasion of Taiwan or any other means that intend to seize control of Taiwan against
    36its free and democratically declared will;
  • 37The Permanent Court of Arbitration has ascertained in PCA Case No. 2013-19 that the
    38PRC has no right to claim sovereignty over the waters within the Nine-dash-line and
    39therefore violates the Law of the Sea with its continued occupation;
  • 40According to Article 6 London Charter of the International Military Tribunal and Article 7
    41Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the prosecution and mass detention of
    42people based on their ethnicity or religious beliefs is a crime against humanity.

43Believing that:

  • 44All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights;
  • 45No state, no dictator, no religious leader and not even a democratic majority decision can
    46strip a human being of their dignity and rights;
  • 47Human dignity and rights are universal and not limited by cultural peculiarities;
  • 48The PRC, as it presents itself nowadays, denies these self-evident truths and therefore its
    49desire to become a global superpower is a threat to the European Union (EU) and the
    50entire world;
  • 51Only a united coalition of liberal democracies stands a chance to counter the PRC’s
    52ambitions;
  • 53It is the responsibility of the EU, which has to evolve into a federation, not only, but also to
    54take the lead in this together with the United States of America (USA);
  • 55We must not be deceived by short-sighted economic profits through appeasing the PRC
    56as these profits are the result of a rule-based international order of peace and multilateral
    57cooperation and therefore we must resist any attempts by the PRC to undermine this
    58order to preserve and advance our economic wealth as well as civil liberties in the
    59long-run.

60The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) calls for:

  • 61EU member states to change the EU treaties in order to allow for decisions within the
    62Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) to be taken by a qualified majority and
    63henceforth act with one common voice;
  • 64The EU and its member states to develop in consultation with its NATO partners,
    65particularly the United Kingdom (UK) and the USA, a common strategy regarding the
    66challenges posed by the PRC that follows the principles laid down in this resolution and to
    67act accordingly;
  • 68The EU and its member states to reform the EU into a federation to become a geopolitical
    69superpower that can withstand external pressure from states like the PRC;
  • 70The EU to condemn any violation of human rights or breach of international law by the
    71PRC and to respectively impose reasonable sanctions if continued;
  • 72The EU to enact a “European Magnitsky Act” in order to impose personalised sanctions
    73like travel bans and the freezing of assets against the persons in charge of human rights
    74violations in the PRC and anywhere else on the globe;
  • 75The EU to oblige companies doing business with the PRC to ensure that they are not
    76directly or indirectly supporting or enabling violations of human rights for example by
    77supplying surveillance technologies for the Social Credit System and to sanction any
    78failure to comply with this obligation;
  • 79The EU and its member states to deny in accordance with the principal of diplomatic
    80reciprocity those officials of the PRC entry, who deny EU diplomats, journalists and
    81Non-governmental organisations access to Tibet and Xinjiang;
  • 82The EU and its member states to recognise Taiwan and Tibet as independent states,
    83start official diplomatic relations with both countries and to disregard any claim of the PRC
    84to their rightful territory, as well as to encourage other countries to follow its lead;
  • 85The EU and its member states to support Taiwan's efforts to become a member of the
    86United Nations and other international organisations especially the World Health
    87Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO);
  • 88The EU and its member states to allow arms sales to Taiwan and to prohibit any such
    89sales to the PRC;
  • 90The EU and its member states to strengthen bi- and multilateral relations with Taiwan
    91through free trade agreements, student exchanges and enhanced cooperation in the
    92fields of science, culture, defence and environment;
  • 93The EU to demand the succession or reincarnation of Tibetan Buddhist religious leaders
    94including a future 15th Dalai Lama to be a solely religious matter of the Tibetan Buddhist
    95community and to sanction PRC officials who try to intervene in it;
  • 96The EU to demand a binding referendum being held in Hong Kong to determine the
    97status of the Special Administrative Region after the expiration of “One Country, Two
    98Systems” in the year 2047 that offers a choice between a continuation of the autonomy,
    99the integration into the PRC or full independence;
  • 100The EU to demand an immediate stop to the systematic persecution against individuals of
    101Islamic belief and the release of all detainees in the detention camps;
  • 102The EU and its member states to end all development aid for the PRC;
  • 103The EU to demand the PRC to fully respect a “One Europe Policy”, meaning that no
    104intervention in inner-European affairs or bilateral agreements without the consultation of
    105the European partners (such as within the 17+1 framework or by acquiring strategically
    106important infrastructure like the port of Piraeus) are further accepted;
  • 107The EU to develop a European Connectivity Strategy that binds our continent stronger
    108together and links it to the rest of the world especially Africa and Asia while offering fair
    109and sustainable opportunities for developing countries to counter the Belt and Road
    110Initiative (BRI); 
  • 111The EU to improve controls of investments in critical technologies and infrastructure
    112through the harmonisation of FDI screenings and the transfer of examination and
    113restriction competences to the European Commission;
  • 114The EU and its member states to not use components of PRC manufacturers in critical
    115infrastructure like 5G or the electricity grid;
  • 116The EU to ensure the enforcement of WTO rules in its trade relations with the PRC in
    117particular to end forced technological transfers and mandatory joint ventures and to push
    118towards effective investment protection, legal certainty, freedom of contract and the
    119protection of intellectual property;
  • 120The EU and its member states to push for EU and NATO membership for all states of the
    121Western Balkan without compromising on the Copenhagen Criteria regarding the former
    122and to grant visa-free travel into the EU to all citizens of the Western Balkans
    123immediately;
  • 124The EU to offer itself as a mediator for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
    125(ASEAN) in order to find a common stance on the contradictory territorial claims in the
    126South China Sea and the Nine-dash-line as well as to secure the freedom of navigation in
    127the Indo-Pacific;
  • 128The EU and its member states to perform regularly freedom of navigation manoeuvres in
    129the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait in coordination with the USA and
    130neighbouring countries;
  • 131European intelligence services to gain more knowledge about and to prevent infiltration
    132and espionage strategies of foreign powers, for example in institutions of higher
    133education which have been targeted by the Chinese Confucius Institutes;
  • 134The EU to build special relationships with Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South
    135Korea, Taiwan, the UK and the USA that include comprehensive cooperation in matters
    136of foreign affairs, defence and signals intelligence (without compromising on the right to
    137privacy) also by extending the relations with NATO, which the EU must join once it has
    138become a federation;
  • 139The EU to cooperate with the PRC despite of all differences in order to limit global
    140warming to a maximum of 1,5 degrees Celsius in comparison to the pre-industrial era
    141preferably by creating an International Emission Trading System;
  • 142The EU to initiate the creation of an Alliance of Liberal Democracies as a forum for
    143democratic states to cooperate and support each other, develop international law and
    144promote human rights, rule of law and democracy.

Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Skopje Spring Congress 2020 03 - 05 April 2020.