Change of Times: The “New Atlantic Charter”

Author: MOS Information Group — Walt

Printed copy of the Atlantic Charter August 14, 1941

Although the new Atlantic Charter is similar to the first one signed on August 14, 1941, there has been a modification. The vision then was “unity regarding their mutual principles and hopes for a peaceful post-war world” [1]. It has now been changed to “affirmed the special relationship between our people and renewed our commitment to defending the enduring democratic values that both our nations share” [2].

President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed a “revitalized” [3] Atlantic Charter, modelled after the 1941 agreement, reaffirming their commitment to work together to counter the efforts of those who seek to undermine democratic alliances and institutions. This new charter would “make clear” the U.S.’ and the U.K.’s “common values and aspirations.”  It is “a profound statement of purpose” and of “democracy” at a moment when” democracies are very much in competition” with the evils of the CCP.

First and foremost, the charter commits to defending “the principles, values, and institutions of democracy and open societies”, while ensuring democracies “can deliver on solving the critical challenges of our time”.  Through “transparency, uphold the rule of law, and support civil society and independent media,” the charter states, “we will also confront injustice and inequality and defend the inherent dignity and human rights of all individuals.”

For freedom of navigation, i.e. the South China Sea, the charter commits to strengthening “institutions, laws and norms” and emphasizing the “rules-based international order to tackle global challenges.”  With these principles, the U.S. and the U.K. will maintain “sovereignty, territorial integrity and the peaceful resolve of disputes” “such as freedom of navigation and overflight and other internationally lawful uses of the seas,” the charter states.

On the protection of intellectual property, the charter also goes on to commit to harnessing and protecting “our innovative edge in science and technology to support our shared security and deliver jobs at home; to open new markets; to promote the development and deployment of new standards and technologies to support democratic values; to continue to invest in research into the biggest challenges facing the world; and to foster sustainable global development.” 

Defining modern threats, the charter addresses national security and international stability against “the full spectrum modern threats, including cyber threats.” Relating to NATO, “We have declared our nuclear deterrents to the defence of NATO and as long as there are nuclear weapons, NATO will remain a nuclear alliance,” the charter states, adding that NATO allies and partners “will always be able to count on” the U.S. and the U.K.

The charter also addresses the coronavirus pandemic and the “catastrophic impact of health crisis” and the “global good in strengthening our collective defences against health threats.” “We commit to continuing to collaborate to strengthen health systems and advance our health protections, and to assist others to do the same,” the charter states.

All in all, the New Atlantic Charter, has refactored bilateral commitment to the new reality of times.  The common enemy, CCP, has further strengthened the relationship between the U.S. and the U.K., and this new charter may be the start of a new framework for a new United Nations; a world without the CCP, which may come sooner than expected.  In the words of Mr. Miles Guo,  “共产党, 你完了!” (i.e. CCP, you’re done!)

References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Charter

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Atlantic_Charter

[3] https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/06/10/the-new-atlantic-charter/

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