Beijing on Wednesday expressed its “strong opposition” to US President Joe Biden’s invitation to Taiwan for a virtual summit on democracyIn which more than a hundred countries will participate in December, but not China itself.
The Asian giants consider the independent island as one of their provinces., although it does not control the island of 23 million inhabitants.
Taiwan on Wednesday thanked Biden for the invitation, which allows him to show his democratic credentials internationally.
“With this summit, Taiwan can Share your democratic success story“The island’s presidential spokesman said, xavier chang, this is a statement.
Even then, China reacted quickly and showed “strong opposition to this US invitation to Taiwanese officials”.A spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs told reporters, zhao lijian, who insisted that Taiwan is “an inseparable part of Chinese territory”,
Russia, for its part, also criticized the US initiative, accusing it of sowing division.
“The United States of America likes to draw new lines of division, dividing countries into good according to their opinion, and bad, according to their opinion”Kremlin spokesman declared Dmitry Peskov,
Many of the participants in this virtual summit are Washington Allies, they include Iraq, India and PakistanAccording to the list released by the State Department on Tuesday.
Most Latin American Countries Include Guestsexcept Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia.
Biden seems to have made this very clear since arriving at the White House last January: His foreign policy is based on the antagonism between democracies and “autocracies” which, according to him, place China and Russia among others.,
Instead the US President has invited Brazil, led by far-right Jair Bolsonaro
from the middle east, Only Israel and Iraq were invited to this meeting Hosted by Biden online December 9-10. Traditional Arab allies of the United States such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates are not invited.
in Europe, Poland is represented, despite repeated tensions with Brussels over respect for the rule of law, although Hungary, led by controversial Prime Minister Viktor Orban, not on the list of State Department.
to Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Niger are among the guests.,
A “Summit for Democracy” was one of Biden’s priorities, as well as one of his campaign promises.
Lale Ispahani of the Open Society Foundation told AFP news agency before publication: “There are good reasons for a wider range of actors to be present for the first summit (…): it allows a better exchange of ideas. ” of list.
According to Espahani, instead of holding an anti-China meeting, a country he describes as a “lost opportunity”, Biden should take advantage of these meetings, which will also bring together civil society leaders. “An attack on the crisis that represents a serious decline of democracy around the world, even for a relatively concrete model like the United States”,
The summit was organized in light of the many setbacks that democracy has suffered in recent months in countries where the United States had high hopes.
from them Sudan and Myanmar, military coup scenario, Ethiopia, embroiled in a conflict at risk of “exploding”, according to Washington; As well as Afghanistan, where the Taliban seized power after the United States left the country after 20 years of democratization efforts.
(with information from AFP)