In a new Taiwan spat over Biden’s invitation to a democracy summit, China is fuming.
China has sent a further rebuke to Joe Biden’s administration, calling Taiwan’s participation in a democracy summit “a mistake.”
Taiwan was named to a list of 109 countries that will attend the Summit for Democracy next month, which was released Tuesday. China, on the other hand, was not invited.
Taiwan is a self-governing democracy that was established during China’s civil war. Beijing, on the other hand, maintains it is a province ruled by a separatist administration.
Following the revelation of the list of invitees, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson, Zhu Fenglian, stated the inclusion of Taiwan “is a mistake” on Wednesday (today).
“We absolutely oppose any type of formal interaction between the United States and the island, which is a clear and consistent attitude,” she continued.
“We urge the United States to adhere to the idea of ‘one China’ and the three joint communiques.”
Any nation wishing to establish diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China must adhere to the ‘One China’ policy.
It demands that Beijing be acknowledged as China’s sole legitimate authority and that Taiwan be recognized as part of Chinese territory.
However, the United States, like other countries, has committed to a strategy of strategic ambiguity in response to this claim, stating that it recognizes Beijing’s claim to Taiwan as a province but does not declare whether it recognizes it.
According to Government ministers, the UK and Taiwan have an unofficial relationship in order to avoid violating the one-China policy, and the UK supports Taiwan’s participation in international organizations where statehood is not a requirement.
The approach has been reaffirmed by the Biden administration.
The US, however, “strongly opposes unilateral moves to change the status quo or endanger peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” according to the statement.
The first democratic gathering will take place online on December 9-10.
Its “three pillars of focus” are “strengthening democracy and protecting against authoritarianism,” “addressing and combating corruption,” and “raising respect for human rights,” according to the document.
“No democracy is flawless, and no democracy is ever definitive,” President Biden stated earlier.
“Every achievement, every barrier shattered, is the product of tenacious, never-ending effort.”
According to the Guardian, Xavier Chang, a spokesperson for Taiwan’s presidential office, hailed Mr Biden for the invitation, adding it would be “a force for good in international society.”
“Taiwan will work closely with like-minded countries to safeguard universal principles such as freedom, democracy, and human rights,” he added. “Brinkwire Summary News.”