China says Biden making a ‘mistake’ in inviting Taiwan to democracy summit

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China on Wednesday “strongly opposed” the Biden administration’s decision to invite Taiwan to next month’s “summit of democracy”.

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The response came soon after a list of participants was published on the State Department’s website on Tuesday, in which Taiwan, along with 109 other countries, were invited to the first of its kind virtual gathering, while China and Russia were excluded.

Other notable absences from the list include US ally Egypt and NATO member Turkey. Only Israel and Iraq will be the countries of the Middle East.

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The convention is part of a campaign pledged by US President Joe Biden in February, when he announced America’s return to global leadership to confront authoritarian forces.

Zhu Fenglian, spokeswoman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, called the decision to invite Taiwan to the conference a “mistake” and said the country opposes “any official dialogue between the US and China’s Taiwan region”.

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Ms. Fenglian told reporters in Beijing: “US action only goes to show democracy, it is only to advance its geopolitical objectives, to oppress other countries, to divide the world and to serve its own interests.” There’s a cover and a tool.”

Taiwan confirmed its participation in the event on December 9 and 10, despite protests from Beijing. Taiwan’s foreign ministry said the island state would be represented by Digital Minister Audrey Tang and Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the US Hsiao Bi-khim.

“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 ministry said.

China has long claimed Taiwan as its territory and has resisted any attempt to extend international legitimacy to Taipei’s claim to the democratically self-governing island state.

While Mr Biden reiterated the country’s long-standing support for a “One China” policy, under which he officially recognizes Beijing instead of Taipei, he also said he would “change the status quo or make peace in the Taiwan Straits”. and strongly oppose unilateral attempts to undermine stability.

The invitation comes at a time when Beijing is mounting pressure on countries to break ties with the democratically governed island state. Recently, China entered into a dispute with Lithuania regarding its decision to allow Taiwan to open a de facto embassy under the name of the island state instead of “Chinese Taipei”.

China’s foreign ministry said the move “undermined China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and “set a bad precedent at the international level” as it reduced diplomatic engagement with the country to the level of char d’affaires. who turned down an ambassador.

However, Taiwan pushed back against China’s disapproval and announced its decision to host Lithuanian lawmakers next week. The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday announced the visit of Matas Maldeikis, leader of the Taiwan Friendship Group of the Lithuanian Parliament.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said he would be accompanied by other colleagues and lawmakers from Latvia and Estonia who would attend a legislative forum on December 2. The group is also expected to meet Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

Additional reporting by the stars

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / State Department

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