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US to host democracy summit with Taiwan when China, Russia not invited

13:50, 24 November 2021
US to host democracy summit with Taiwan when China, Russia not invited Photo: zlj517/twitter.com

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 published on its website, Taiwan is invited to participate in the meeting, unlike Beijing and Moscow.

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 intensified its pressure on Taiwan. Last week US President Joe Biden said that the White House considered boycotting the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics despite a “constructive and productive" online meeting held earlier by the President and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

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 Poland, which has recently had tensions with Brussels over the migrant crisis at its border with Belarus, but Hungary, criticized for its tough anti-LGBTQ policy and corruption, is not listed.

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Brazil led by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is also expected to attend the summit.