Washington ● Thu, November 25 2021
The administration of United States President Joe Biden has invited Taiwan to its “Summit for Democracy” next month, according to a list of participants published on Tuesday, a move likely to infuriate China, which views the democratically governed island as its territory.
The first-of-its-kind gathering is a test of President Biden’s assertion, announced in his first foreign policy address in office in February, that he would return the US to global leadership to face down authoritarian forces led by China and Russia.
There are 110 participants on the State Department’s invitation list for the virtual event on Dec. 9 and 10, which aims to help stop democratic backsliding and the erosion of rights and freedoms worldwide. The list does not include China or Russia.
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