U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) believes Australia should join America and the UK in a new Cold War against China.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald from Washington on June 9, Scott said America, Australia, and their allies must unite against communist China’s goal of world domination.
“We ought to do this together. All democracies are going to have to say to themselves: are they going to continue to appease the Communist Party of China, which is clearly focused on world domination and has taken jobs from democracies all over the world and stolen technologies from all over the world?” said Scott.
Scott remarked that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) does not believe in human rights or free and fair trade.
“They don’t want to be a caring world citizen. They’re willing to take away people’s rights. I’m disgusted with how they treated Uighurs and how they treated Hong Kong citizens,” said Scott.
The former governor of Florida, Scott is one of the U.S. Congress’s most outspoken politicians on the CCP. Currently, he sits on the U.S. government sub-committee for Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and the sub-committee for the Armed Forces, among others.
Scott has previously called for Americans to boycott goods made in China, urged the cancellation of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, and accused China of trying to “sabotage” or slow down the United State’s efforts to create a vaccine for the CCP virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus.
A New Cold War Against Chinese Communism
Analysts have discussed the development of a new Cold War between America and China since 2018.
Australian international relations expert Alan Dupont argued that a cold war between the United States and China is now a reality as both countries have gone from “a framework of cooperation to one of open rivalry and strategic competition.”
Writing in a paper (pdf) for the Centre for Independent Studies in May, Dupont said China and the United States are now “wrestling for strategic advantage in an increasingly bitter contest to determine which of them will be the pre-eminent state of the 21st century.”
Dupont believes that this cold war will be different from the previous one between the United States and the Soviet Union because China is more integrated into the global economy.
However, Dupont wrote: “It’s conceivable that the world could divide into two competing trade and geopolitical blocs, much like the Cold War, except that the bifurcation would be more fluid and fragmented.”
The first Cold War divided the world into two competing sides separated economically and politically. The communist Soviet Union controlled Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as supporting China, Cuba, North Korea, and Mongolia.
America was supported by Western Europe, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, to name a few.
Sen. Scott wrote on Twitter on June 9 that in the “New Cold War” every democracy needs to show real accountability by standing up to the Chinese Communist Party.
We know Communist China is our adversary, violates human rights, & wants to be the sole global power.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) June 9, 2020