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Biden infuriates China by inviting Taiwan to democracy summit: Beijing says US actions are a cover for 'oppressing other countries, dividing the world and serving its own interests'
  • The 'Summit for Democracy' will bring together developed democracies like France and Sweden
  • Also places where activists say democracy is 'under attack' like Poland, the Philippines and India have been invited
  • China and Russia were left off the invite list, and only Israel and Iraq were invited from the Middle East
  • China called the invite a 'mistake' and accusing him of using democracy as a cover for oppression
By MORGAN PHILLIPS, POLITICS REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and REUTERS

PUBLISHED: 15:20, 24 November 2021 | UPDATED: 16:21, 24 November 2021



President Biden on Wednesday invited Taiwan to a democracy summit next month, a move that sent China into a rage.
The 'Summit for Democracy' will bring together developed democracies like Franceand Sweden, but also places where activists say democracy is 'under attack' like Poland, the Philippines and India.
The US does not formally recognize Taiwan's independence and China sees the island as a rogue territory of the Peoples' Republic of China.

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China, which was left off the invite list, eviscerated Biden for the move, calling it a 'mistake' and accusing him of using democracy as a cover for oppression.
China's Foreign Ministry said it was 'firmly opposed' to the invite.
Biden sat down for a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, where Taiwan was a key point of discussion


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Biden sat down for a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, where Taiwan was a key point of discussion
'U.S. actions only go to show democracy is just a cover and a tool for it to advance its geopolitical objectives, oppress other countries, divide the world and serve its own interests,' ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing.
Meanwhile, Zhu Fenglian, spokeswoman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, called the move a mistake and said Beijing opposed 'any official interaction between the US and China's Taiwan region.'
'This stance is clear and consistent. We urge the US to stick to the 'one China' principle and the three joint communiques,' she said.
Under the 'one China' principle the US acknowledges China's claims to Taiwan, but does not say it recognizes the claim.
China considers Taiwan to be nothing more than an unruly extension of mainland territory. The US recognized the island democracy's autonomy until 1979, but the two nations still enjoy a 'robust unofficial relationship.'
Last week, in a further deterioration of the relationship between Washington and Beijing, the US announced it would hold a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics due to China's own anti-democratic practices and oppression.
Taiwan's foreign ministry accepted the invite and said it would send representatives.
'Our country's invitation to participate in the 'Summit for Democracy' is an affirmation of Taiwan's efforts to promote the values of democracy and human rights over the years,' the ministry added.
In Asia, U.S. allies like Japan and South Korea were invited to attend, while Vietnam and Thailand were not. In the Middle East, only two nations were invited- Iraq and Israel, leaving out allies like Egypt and NATO member turkey.
There are 110 participants on the State Department's invitation list for the virtual event on Dec. 9 and 10, which will discuss bolstering democracy and human rights throughout the world.
Taiwan's invite comes as China has begun to encroach on its territory, and has urged other nations to cut ties with the island. The US announced
The White House has sent out confusing messages on its policy toward Taiwan, with President Biden first saying the US 'absolutely' had a duty to defend the island if it were attacked. Hours later, the president's press shop put out a statement saying there was no policy change, the US was still following the Taiwan Relations Act's policy of strategic ambiguity.
Biden on Tuesday told a crowd he had made little progress to stop China's encroachment on Taiwan, but ruffled feathers in Beijing when he used the word 'independence.'
'We made very clear we support the Taiwan Act, and that's it,' the president said. 'Its independence,' he added. 'It makes its own decisions.'
Biden sat down for a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, where Taiwan was a key point of discussion.
While there were no solid agreements on the self-governing island, the White House said Biden was firm in telling China not to disturb peace across the Taiwan Strait.
'On Taiwan, President Biden underscored that the United States... strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,' the White House statement said.
'He was quite direct about his concerns about some of Beijing's behaviors that he believed is at odds with both peace and stability across the strait,' a senior official said.
China has built up its nuclear and defense capabilities to a point that the nation is either near or at capability to invade Taiwan, and are less fearful of the US stepping in.
China troops undergo beach assault training during Taiwan escalation





Russian and Chinese warships patrolled in the Pacific Ocean in October


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Russian and Chinese warships patrolled in the Pacific Ocean in October


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'The PLA [People's Liberation Army] has already achieved the capabilities needed to conduct an air and naval blockade, cyberattacks, and missile strikes against Taiwan,' according to a report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressionally-appointed agency designated to provide national security and economic advice to Congress and the president.
'PLA leaders now likely assess they have, or will soon have, the initial capability needed to conduct a high-risk invasion of Taiwan if ordered to do so by CCP leaders. They will continue enhancing this capability in the coming years.'
The report found that the PLA's current sea and air lift capacity could launch an initial landing force in Taiwan of at least 25,000 troops.
'Given these developments, it has become less certain that U.S. conventional military forces alone will continue to deter China's leaders from initiating an attack on Taiwan,' the report found.
The commission argued that China is most likely to invade Taiwan if it believes the US 'is not militarily capable of or politically willing to intervene, or if they interpret ambiguities in U.S. policy to mean that opportunistic Chinese aggression against Taiwan will not provoke a decisive U.S. response.'
The report found that Chinese President Xi Jinping had a high tolerance for risk and a desire to establish a lasting legacy, which could outweigh his concern for US warnings against attacking Taiwan.
It found that China's nuclear buildup puts it on a trajectory to become the 'nuclear peer' of the US in quality, and a peer in quantity of land-based strategic missiles by 2030.
The US does not officially support Taiwan's independence.

US officials tread lightly with a policy of strategic ambiguity, meaning they support Taiwan's ability to defend itself without explicitly promising to come to its aid in the event of Chinese attack.
But, Taiwan's president recently confirmed for the first time that American troops are on the island of Taiwan training the Taiwanese military, and have been there for about a year.
Chinese military forces held exercises last week near Taiwan in response to a visit by a U.S. congressional delegation to the island.

 

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Taiwan set an example that shows how bad a Chinese society could be in a democratic system. After 20 years observation, I'm extremely disappointed at Taiwan's democracy. I believe most mainland Chinese have same view on this point.

Taiwan actually did a favor to the CCP. Chinese people support CCP even more because of this failed case.
 

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The invitation will come at an expensive price for USA.

It will achieve nothing in return.

Silly and shortsighted politicians.

USA will soon find out that other than Janet Yallen, Jake Sullivan, even Biden himself have to sacrifice his resting hours and claiming overtime for his call to President Xi at night.

:coffee: :sarcastic::sarcastic::sarcastic:
 
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Interesting move. They must have already taken this "fury" in calculation before inviting Taiwan.
 

SuvarnaTeja

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No, China never asks other countries to choose sides in diplomacy.
Diplomatic power is Pakistan's sovereignty, and we respect the sovereignty of any country.
The purpose of this Summit is to provide legitimacy and to recognize Taiwan as an independent country.

Only Country that are willing recognize Taiwan and open Diplomatic ties have been invited.

Since Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were not inclined to recognize Taiwan, they have not been invited.

Pakistan has been invited which means Pakistan is planning to recognize Taiwan.
 

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The purpose of this Summit is to provide legitimacy and to recognize Taiwan as an independent country.

Only Country that are willing recognize Taiwan and open Diplomatic ties have been invited.

Since Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were not inclined to recognize Taiwan, they have not been invited.

Pakistan has been invited which means Pakistan is planning to recognize Taiwan.
The USA is a country, not an international organization. Therefore, American diplomatic acts cannot provide legitimacy.
In fact, 23 countries around the world recognized Taiwan, but they were not invited.
 

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The USA is a country, not an international organization. Therefore, American diplomatic acts cannot provide legitimacy.
In fact, 23 countries around the world recognized Taiwan, but they were not invited.
US is creating this Organization to transfer legitimacy from CCP to ROC. Dozens of countries will now start recognizing Taiwan as the real Chinese government in the next few months. The list of participants is huge.


Summit for Democracy: Invited Participants

Albania
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cabo Verde
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Estonia
European Union
Fiji
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guyana
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Latvia
Liberia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Niger
Nigeria
North Macedonia
Norway
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Korea
Romania
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Zambia
 

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And then recognize ROC as legitimate government of China. If some money can do it so be it.
You are being paranoid. First of all, you need to understand that Taiwan is a pawn of the USA, not that the USA is a pawn of Taiwan. What you said is in the interests of Taiwan, but not in the interests of the USA.
And you overestimate the influence of the USA.
 

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You are being paranoid. First of all, you need to understand that Taiwan is a pawn of the USA, not that the USA is a pawn of Taiwan. What you said is in the interests of Taiwan, but not in the interests of the USA.
And you overestimate the influence of the USA.
Countries like India heavily depend on the US for survival. We will do anything that US asks us to do to survive. It does not matter if the policy was in India's interest or not.
 

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