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Beijing irked as US invites Taiwan to democracy summit China
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Beijing irked as US invites Taiwan to democracy summit

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 24 Nov 2021, 06:22 pm

Beijing/UNI/Sputnik: The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday criticized the United States for inviting Taiwan, claimed by China as it's territory, to the 'Summit for Democracy' which President Joe Biden will host virtually in December.

"China is firmly opposed to inviting Taiwan to the US-hosted ‘Summit for Democracy’," spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news briefing today.

Taiwan is among 110 countries invited to the December 9-10 virtual summit, according to a list of participants published by the US Department of State on its website. China has not been invited, along with other countries Washington believes are not committed to democracy.

Taiwan’s foreign policy office thanked the United States for the opportunity. The summit will see government leaders hammer out initiatives to counter authoritarianism, corruption, and promote human rights.