Biden administration invites Taiwan to its Summit for Democracy

WASHINGTON – The Biden government has invited Taiwan to its “Summit for Democracy” next month, according to a list of participants released Tuesday, a move that is likely to infuriate China, which regards the democratically ruled island as its territory.

The first meeting of its kind is a test of President Joe Biden’s claim, announced in his first foreign policy address in February, that he will return the United States to global leadership to confront authoritarian forces led by China and Russia.

110 participants are on the invitation list of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the virtual event on December 9th and 10th, which should help to stop the democratic relapse and the erosion of rights and freedoms worldwide. The list does not include China or Russia.

The invitation to Taiwan comes as China has increased pressure on countries to downgrade or sever relations with the island, which Beijing believes has no right to a state’s insignia.

Self-ruling Taiwan says Beijing has no right to speak for it.

Sharp differences remained over Taiwan during a virtual meeting earlier this month between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

While reaffirming US longstanding support for the “one-China” policy, which officially recognizes Beijing instead of Taipei, Biden also said he has “unilateral efforts to change the status quo or to achieve cross-strait peace and stability to undermine “declines resolutely. said the White House.

Xi said those in Taiwan seeking independence and their supporters in the United States are “playing with fire,” the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

Right-wing groups wonder whether Biden’s Summit for Democracy can get invited world leaders, some of whom have been accused of harboring authoritarian tendencies, to take meaningful action.

The Foreign Ministry’s list shows that the event will bring together mature democracies like France and Sweden, but also countries like the Philippines, India and Poland where activists say democracy is under threat.

In Asia, some US allies such as Japan and South Korea were invited, while others such as Thailand and Vietnam were not. Other notable absenteeists were US allies Egypt and NATO member Turkey. There will be little representation from the Middle East, with Israel and Iraq being the only two countries invited.

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