Coordinators: Mike Wong and Michael Kramer
As members of Veterans For Peace, a humanitarian and educational organization dedicated to the abolishment of war, we seek to apply the commitments in our VFP Statement of Purpose to China, namely:
- To increase public awareness of the causes and costs of war;
- To restrain our governments from intervening, overtly or covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations;
- To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons;
- To seek justice for veterans and victims of war;
- To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
More concretely, our China Working Group will address the following areas:
- Serve a watchdog function for the bi-partisan Congressional Executive Commission on China and other government agencies that spread disinformation about China.
- Consult with our VFP UN representative on issues related to our Resolution on the Pivot to Peace with China and the World.
- Serve an educational function by providing position papers, flyers, speakers, articles, editorials, press releases, webinars, public forums and other materials on China for distribution to our members and the general public.
- Work with peace, justice, and other groups in the Chinese American and other communities on issues pertaining to China
Our group is open to all VFP members who share the concerns expressed in our Mission Statement. You do not need not have any special qualifications or experience, merely a special interest in China and a desire to participate. Many of our members have expertise and experiences to share.
高舉和平的退午軍人 是一個遍布全美 及歐，亞，拉丁美洲的組織。它有
1) 監察美國兩黨國會与行政應對中國的各項政策 ，包括美國與中國經貿，國防審查委員會及各個美政府發放有關中國的假消息
3) 有教育大眾 的功能 ， 將會發表聲明，新聞稿 ，傳單，社論，組織網路研討會 , 及組織 演講者 ，公衆研討會等等。會採取多種渠道。廣泛的向公眾發放推動與中國和平合作的運動 。
4) 與有和平和正义目標的在美華人及其他團體共同工作， 推動公正客觀的報導 中國。
The Veterans for Peace (VFP) China Working Group is reposting this statement from the VFP Climate Crisis & Militarism Project, which we support. In 2020, China pledged to become carbon neutral by 2060, and already has more solar panels, wind parks, and electric vehicles than any other nation. China also has a history of accomplishing its stated economic goals, such as its unprecedented peaceful economic rise. Please see this brief Wall Street Journal analysis: https://youtu.be/tGQQ8fyWJi4
As members of Veterans For Peace, we appreciate the work of Climate Envoy John Kerry, who negotiated the U.S.-China Joint Statement Addressing the Climate Crisis to strengthen enforcement of the Paris Climate Accord and collaborate on strategies to dramatically lower fossil fuel emissions.
This agreement was made just prior to President Biden’s 40-nation conference, The Leaders’ Summit on Climate, on April 22-23, 2021, and reflected the importance of global cooperation to address the existential climate crisis.
To our disappointment, the Senate recently undermined Kerry’s efforts when it passed the “U.S.Innovation and Competition Act” to tether governmental investment in technology to militarized rivalry with China. Preparations for war are not a rational response to the climate crisis, but an expensive and dangerous diversion. Hence, this bill contradicts the Biden administration’s “whole of government” approach to the climate crisis. Similarly, the Eagle Act, legislation proposed by Rep. Meeks, must be amended to remove the call for increased militarism in the Asia Pacific.
In response, Veterans For Peace calls for an end to the framing of China as the United States’ greatest national security threat. Such false framing will be used by legislators and profit-driven military contractors to justify weapons production, troop deployment, war exercises, and mock nuclear strikes in the Asian Pacific region--all in preparation for a military showdown over the future of Taiwan. U.S. militarism in the region will increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, divert resources needed to address the climate crisis, and threaten global security during an era when Pentagon planners have considered integrating nuclear weapons into conventional warfare.
Our greatest national security threat is the worsening climate crisis. Rather than squandering tax dollars and fossil fuels on war preparedness, our government needs to address the climate crisis.
Veterans For Peace requests:
We ask that the U.S. build upon the U.S.-China Joint Statement Addressing the Climate Crisis by agreeing to track and publicly report U.S. military greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – from air, water and land within the U.S. and from the 800 overseas U.S. military bases – and by reporting the GHG emissions that come from the manufacture and transporting of military equipment and weapons.
We ask Congress to reduce President Biden’s record high $753 billion budget for military spending, including billions of dollars for new nuclear weapons, and invest more in renewable energy, healthcare, housing, public transportation, immigration reform and racial justice.
We ask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ensure that bills which demonize China, such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s US Innovation and Competition Act, never reach the floor of the House. We ask that the Eagle Act, introduced by Rep. Gregory Meeks, be amended to remove sections that call for increased militarism in the South China and stepped up military training for governments around the world.
We ask that Joe Biden and John Kerry appear in a televised broadcast to emphasize that the heart of U.S. foreign policy is global climate collaboration.
We ask our allied organizations to help us amplify the U.S.-China cooperation agreement to “maximize international investment and finance in support of the transition from carbon-intensive fossil fuel based energy to green, low-carbon and renewable energy in developing countries; implement the phasedown of hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption reflected in the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol; adopt green and climate resilient agricultural practices; increase deployment of renewable energy and cooperate on addressing emissions from international civil aviation and maritime activities.”
It is essential that diplomacy and collaborative responses to the climate crisis, such as the U.S.-China Climate Agreement, prevail over militarism and war preparations. That is the type of leadership the U.S. needs to provide. During these perilous times, the U.S. and China must work together for the sake of present and future generations.