Biden officials invite Taiwan to its Democracy Conference

The move is likely to remove China's retreat, taking the island as an independent part of its territory.


Biden officials have invited Taiwan to the "Democracy Conference" next month, according to a list of participants published Tuesday, a move that could anger China, which sees the democratic island as its territory.

The first such summit is a test of President Joe Biden's immunization, announced in his first foreign policy statement in office in February, that he will return the United States to world leadership to face the brutal forces led by China and Russia. .

There are 110 participants in the Department of State invitation to the special event on December 9 and 10, which aims to help stop the demise of democracy and the erosion of rights and freedoms around the world. The list does not include China or Russia.

Taiwan's invitation comes as China has stepped up pressure on countries to reduce or sever ties with the island, which Beijing is considered to have no right to spy on the state.

Independent Taiwan claims that Beijing has no right to speak out.

The sharp differences over Taiwan continued during a special meeting earlier this month between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

While Biden reiterated his long-standing US support for the "One China" policy when it officially recognized Beijing instead of Taipei, he also "strongly opposes one-sided efforts to change the status quo or to undermine peace and stability throughout Taiwan Strait," the White House said. .

Xi said those in Taiwan seeking independence, as well as their supporters in the United States, were "playing with fire," according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Rights groups are questioning whether the Biden Conference on Democracy could pressure those invited world leaders, some of whom are accused of harboring a tendency for authorization, to take decisive action.

A list from the State Department indicates that the event will include democratically mature countries such as France and Sweden but also countries such as the Philippines, India and Poland, where activists say democracy is at stake.

In Asia, other US partners such as Japan and South Korea have been invited, while others such as Thailand and Vietnam have not been invited. Other non-celebrities were US allies Egypt and NATO member Turkey. Representatives from the Middle East will be limited, with Israel and Iraq the only invited countries.