Responses to China’s Economic Coercion – In conversation with Malcolm Turnbull and Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Jonas Parello-Plesner – Executive Director of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation
6 Feb 2023

Australia has been blacklisted by China for its’ criticism of China’s human-rights record, and they’re not alone. Mounting cases of economic coercion by China include nations like Lithuania and Taiwan. But how can democratic countries respond to this kind of bullying and economic coercion?

Our suggestion is with an Economic Article 5, inspired by NATO’s Article 5.

Hear from former Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull on Australia’s experience with China’s economic sanctions. We’ll also hear from Alliance of Democracies’ founder and former NATO Secretary General and Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, to discuss how democracies can respond to these tactics. Our aim is to advance recommendations outlined in our policy memo.

The Economic Article 5 work is part of our contribution to the Summit for Democracy cohort on ‘Resisting Authoritarian Pressure’, with partners Freedom House and the Government of Lithuania.