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China issues U.S. stern warning over Taiwan’s invitation to democracy summit

China says it firmly opposes the invitation and that the U.S. is “playing with fire” and would only end up getting itself burnt.

• November 24, 2021
U.S. President, Joe Biden and Taiwan U.S. Rep. Hsiao Bi-khim
U.S. President, Joe Biden and Taiwan U.S. Rep. Hsiao Bi-khim

The U.S. government has invited Taiwan to a so-called “Summit for Democracy” which will hold in December, despite tense relations with China.

The U.S. State Department published a list of more than 100 participating countries, including Taiwan but China and Russia are not on the list.

According to the official website, the summit is intended to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action.

Taiwan’s U.S. diplomatic envoy, Hsiao Bi-khim, and the Digital Minister, Audrey Tang, will attend the summit on December 9 and 10.

Taiwan presidential spokesperson, Xavier Chang, thanked the U.S. president, Joe Biden and the U.S. government for the invitation.

Mr Hsiao and Mr Tang will demonstrate Taiwan’s firm determination to defend democracy and share its experience in enhancing governance through technology.

In Beijing, the spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, called for the White House to adhere to Beijing’s one-China principle, saying China firmly opposes the invitation.

Mr Zhao warned the U.S. that they were “playing with fire with Taiwan independence forces” and would only end up getting itself burnt.

Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949 but China considers the self-governing democratic island part of its territory. 

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