The Ties That Bind
WASHINGTON - On June 15th, Wilson Center President & CEO, Ambassador Mark Green held a public conversation on supply chain security with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chair of the Helsinki Commission. This session was followed by a discussion of the Helsinki Commission report with the authors and expert analysts who addressed threats to U.S. and global supply chains and possible policy responses.On the record and for your use, here are highlights from the event:
Belt and Road Initiative exposes major vulnerability
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
"Make no mistake about it, the Belt and Road initiative is founded in corruption and ignoring the rule of law, and we saw during COVID-19 our vulnerability here. We really do have a major vulnerability to a secure supply chain by the Belt and Road Initiative, and it is using economic pressure on countries, particularly in Africa, but also we see in our own hemisphere, and globally by China, to use their economic influence to dominate the trade agreements, and once they do that, they control the intellectual property, whether they developed it or not, they determine all the rules of the game, and it's anything but a secure supply chain from any standard that we're interested in."
What should happen after the G7 and NATO Summits
Ambassador Mark Green, Wilson Center President, Director and CEO
“We are in a crossroads moment. We have just seen important signals being sent by world leaders at the G7 and NATO summits. While there wasn’t absolute unanimity, there clearly was a projected message of shared awakening, of a recognition of the challenges and long-term vulnerabilities in relationships, diplomatic relationships, economic relationships, and quite frankly, the architecture of freedom. All of that makes the launch of the Helsinki Commission’s report, “The Ties that Bind,” remarkably timely and welcome.