US government invites Taiwan to its ‘Summit of Democracy’

U.S.A.US government invites Taiwan to its 'Summit of Democracy'

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WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – The United States government has invited Taiwan to a “Summit for Democracy” next month, according to a list of participants released on Tuesday, a move that is likely to anger China. is likely to. The insular part of its territory governed democratically.

The first such meeting is a testament to US President Joe Biden’s promise, announced in his first foreign policy speech in February, to call on the United States to confront authoritarian forces led by China and Russia. World leadership will return.

There are 110 participants on the US State Department’s guest list for the virtual event on December 9 and 10, which aims to help prevent the decline of democracy and the erosion of rights and freedoms around the world. The list does not include China or Russia.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said its government would be represented by digital affairs minister Audrey Tang and Hsiao Bi-Khim, Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to Washington.

“Our country’s invitation to participate in the ‘Summit of Democracy’ is an affirmation of Taiwan’s efforts to promote the values ​​of democracy and human rights over the years,” the ministry said.

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The invitation to Taiwan comes at a time when China has increased pressure on countries to cut or break their ties with the island, which Beijing believes does not deserve the characteristics of a state.

Taiwan, which has its own government, says Beijing has no right to speak on its behalf.

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

Although Biden reiterated US support for a “one China” policy, under which it officially recognizes Beijing and not Taipei, he also said he strongly opposes unilateral attempts to change the “status quo”. or undermine peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” the White House said.

Xi said independence-seeking Taiwanese and his supporters in the United States are “playing with fire”, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.

Various human rights groups wonder whether Biden’s “Democracy Summit” might inspire invited world leaders, some of whom have been accused of harboring authoritarian tendencies, to take meaningful action.

(Information from Humira Pamuk; Additional information from Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Edited by Peter Cooney and Michael Perry)

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