The government of China has been annoyed by the move from the government of United States inviting Taiwan to a Summit for Democracy slated for December 9 and December 10. President’s Biden administration published a list of invited countries this week.
The list did not sit well with Chinese government because they count Taiwan as its territory despite the island having a democratic government. U.S State Department has invited 110 participants for the democracy summit which will be held next month.
This list doesn’t include Russia and China.
The aim of this democracy summit is to help stop democratic retrogression and violation of human rights and freedom across the world.
On response to this invitation, Taiwan said it will be represented by its Digital Minister, Audrey Tang and Taiwan’s de facto ambassador in Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim. Taiwan further added that China has no right to speak on its behalf.
“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,” said Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry.
On the other end, China’s Foreign Ministry through its spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, said that it’s firmly opposed to this invite.
“U.S. actions only go to show democracy is just a cover and a tool for it to advance its geopolitical objectives, oppress other countries, divide the world and serve its own interests,” added the spokesperson.