Biden’s request for Taiwan to join the’summit for democracy’ has heightened tensions between the US and China.
CHINA has reacted angrily to President Joe Biden’s invitation to Taiwan to participate in a “summit for democracy.”
President Biden’s decision to include Taiwan in the “democracy summit” next month while leaving the People’s Republic of China off the list has sparked outrage in Beijing.
Communist China continues to threaten the self-governing Republic of China, also known as Taiwan.
Beijing maintains that the island is a straying part of China, and it has long pressed countries to stop officially recognising Taiwan as a separate country.
“China firmly opposes the invitation by the US for the Taiwan authorities to attend the so-called ‘Summit for Democracy,'” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday.
“There is only one China in the world, the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the entire country, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the one-China principle is a universally recognized international norm.”
“In international law, Taiwan has no other status than that of a part of China.”
“We solemnly urge the United States to respect the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués between China and the United States, and to cease providing any platform or bolstering and emboldening ‘Taiwan independence’ forces.”
“Those who provide platforms to pro-Taiwan independence forces will find themselves in a humiliating situation.”
“Those who play with fire in the name of “Taiwan independence” will get burned,” he concluded.
The invitation list for the virtual event on December 9 and 10 has 110 names on it, according to the US State Department.
China and Russia are not on the list of invited guests.
“Our country’s invitation to participate in the ‘Summit for Democracy’ is an affirmation of Taiwan’s efforts to promote democratic and human rights values over the years,” the Foreign Ministry said.
The invitation was met with “vehement opposition” from China’s Foreign Ministry.
“The United States’ actions only serve to demonstrate that democracy is nothing more than a cover and a tool for it to further its geopolitical objectives, oppress other countries, divide the world, and serve its own interests,” Mr Lijian told reporters.
It comes after Taiwanese MP Wang Ting-yu warned the international community to keep a close eye on internal squabbles within the Chinese Communist Party.
Mr Wang Ting-uy claims that Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping is aiming for a third term as China’s leader.
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