Beijing has already denounced the move and called on the US to respect the official “One China” policy.
The White House has presented a total of 110 countries invited to the "Summit for Democracy" to be held on December 9-10. According to the list
According to the US administration, the summit aims at helping democracies worldwide and fight the corrosion of rights and freedoms.
Taiwan's Foreign Ministry has announced that it will be represented by Digital Minister Audrey Tang and Hsiao Bi-khim, regarded as the island’s unofficial ambassador to the US.
"Our country's invitation to participate in the 'Summit for Democracy' is an affirmation of Taiwan's efforts to promote the values of democracy and human rights over the years," the FM spokesperson said.
Mainland China which promotes the “One country, two systems” principle has criticized Taiwan’s invitation to the conference.
"The actions of the US only show that democracy is just a cover and a tool for it to succeed in its geopolitical objectives, suppress other countries, divide the world and serve its own interests," the PRC’s Foreign Ministry deputy Zhao Lijian said during a press conference.
The announcement comes as tensions between the US and China grow after Beijing
The White House has not invited its NATO ally Turkey whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is often qualified as an “autocrat” by the administration.
As for the Middle East, only Israel and Iraq are going to participate in the online conference.
Among notable participants from Europe, there will be
Brazil led by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is also expected to attend the summit.