Washington: On the 9th and 10th of December, US President Joe Biden has invited roughly 110 countries to a virtual conference on democracy, but China is not on the list. According to a list issued by the State Department on Tuesday, Taiwan is also invited, but NATO member Turkey is not.
According to a list uploaded on the State Department website on Tuesday, the final list excludes Russia, while Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are omitted from the South Asia region. Apart from India, Pakistan, and Iraq, the list includes the US’s key Western allies.
Biden administration invites Taiwan
According to a list of attendees released on Tuesday, the Biden administration has invited Taiwan to its “Summit for Democracy” next month. China, which considers the democratically administered island to be its territory, is expected to be enraged by the action.
According to a Reuters storey, the first-of-its-kind gathering is a test of President Joe Biden’s declaration, made in his maiden foreign policy address as president in February, that he would restore US global leadership to combat authoritarian forces led by China and Russia.
According to the article, China has increased pressure on countries to downgrade or terminate relations with Taiwan, which Beijing considers to have no right to the trappings of a state. Taiwan, which is self-governing, claims Beijing has no authority to advocate for it.
During a virtual conference between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month, sharp divisions over Taiwan remained.
While Biden reaffirmed the United States’ long-standing support for the “One China” policy, which recognises Beijing over Taipei, he also stated that he “strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” according to the White House.
According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, Xi warned people seeking independence in Taiwan and their allies in the United States were “playing with fire.”
The State Department has invited 110 people to the virtual event, which aims to prevent democratic backsliding and the erosion of rights and freedoms around the world.
Some US allies in Asia were invited, such as Japan and South Korea, while others, such as Thailand and Vietnam, were not. The Middle East will be underrepresented, with Israel and Iraq being the only two countries invited.