China angered by US invitation to Taiwan to attend democracy summit

China angered by US invitation to Taiwan to attend democracy summit

Washington — The State Department announced that the Biden administration has invited Taiwan to attend its summit for democracy next month, drawing sharp criticism from China, which considers the autonomous island its territory.

The summit adheres to President Joe Biden’s campaign pledge, reflecting his emphasis on returning the United States to a position of global leadership among global democracies. The event aims to bring together leaders of government, civil society and the private sector to work together to combat authoritarianism and global corruption and defend human rights.

The list of invitations includes 110 countries, including Taiwan, but does not include China or Russia. Taiwan’s accession comes as tensions rise between the United States and China over America’s approach to the island nation.

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The United States’ “one China” policy recognizes Beijing as the government of China but allows informal and defense ties with Taipei.

But in late October, Biden sounded alarm bells in Beijing by saying the United States had a strong commitment to helping Taiwan defend itself in the event of a Chinese attack.

During a three-hour virtual meeting earlier this month between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Biden reiterated US support for the “one China” policy but also said he “strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability around the world.” world. Taiwan Strait,” according to the White House.

The democracy summit invitation list launched a new round of criticism from Beijing.

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“What the United States has done proves that the so-called democracy is just a pretext and a tool for it to achieve geopolitical goals, oppress other countries, divide the world, serve its own interests, and maintain its hegemony in the world,” Zhao Lijian said. Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We are firmly opposed to any form of official communication between the United States and China’s Taiwan region,” Zhou Fenglian, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said on Wednesday.

The invitation list underscores the geopolitical challenges that Biden will have to navigate at the summit. While US allies such as Japan and South Korea were invited, other countries such as Vietnam, Egypt and NATO member Turkey were not invited.

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Beijing-based AP Video Producer Liu Cheng contributed.

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