Joe Biden invited Taiwan to a conference of more than 100 countries – a move that has provoked outrage from authoritarian, unofficial China.

Taiwan thanked Biden for the invitation and said the summit would be a rare opportunity for the democratically elected party to burn its details to the world.
“Through this conference, Taiwan can discuss the success of democracy,” Presidential spokesman Xavier Chang told reporters.

China has said it “strongly opposes” the imposition of an island which we consider “an inevitable part of China’s territory.” Beijing says Taiwan-dominated Taiwan as part of its territory will be recaptured one day, forcibly if necessary.

The international conference was the promise of a US presidential campaign, which has put the struggle between democracy and the “democratic government” at the heart of its foreign policy.

The “Democracy Conference” will be online on December 9 and 10 ahead of a personal conference in its second edition next year.

The meeting had already been announced, but the guest list – published Tuesday on the Department of State website – will be carefully considered.

Surprisingly, America’s biggest rivals China and Russia are not in it.
The invitation is a major overthrow of Taipei as Beijing joins its campaign to keep Taiwan closed without international organizations.

Only 15 countries officially recognize Taipei over Beijing although many countries maintain de facto relations with the island.

The US does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country but elevates it as a rare model of developing democracy in Asia and maintains it as an important regional cooperative.
China prohibits any use of the word “Taiwan” or communicative touch that may give the impression of international legitimacy on the island.
“I agree with Taiwan over merit – but it seems (the only) democratically invited government that the US government does not officially recognize. So its inclusion is a big deal,” said Twitter Julian Ku, a law professor at Hofstra University whose skills include China.
India, often referred to as “the world’s largest democracy,” will survive despite increasing criticism from human rights defenders for undermining democracy under Hindu Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
So did Pakistan, despite its strong ties with Washington.
Turkey, the NATO alliance of the United States whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been dubbed “autocrat” by Biden, has not made a list.

The cities of Singapore and Bangladesh – one of the world’s most democratic countries – did not make a list.

Biden also invited Brazil, led by right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.
In Europe, Poland is represented, despite repeated disagreements with Brussels over respect for the rule of law, but Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is not.
On the African side are invited the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Niger.

“At this kick-ass conference … there is a case for getting a wider group of actors in the room: it provides a better exchange of ideas than setting a complete fitness bar,” said Laleh Ispahani of the Open Society Foundations.

Instead of using the summit as a rally against China, Spain called on Biden to address “the deepest democratic decline in the world – including the strongest models in the US.”
The summit is being organized as democracy faces challenges in countries where the US has placed high hopes.

Sudan and Myanmar have overthrown the regime, Ethiopia is embroiled in controversy that could lead to its “emergence,” according to US officials, with the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US troops two decades later.
Nairobi Office in Kenya


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