US invites Taiwan to democracy summit

The United States has invited Taiwan to its first democracy summit next month. China opposes the invitation.

The US government on Tuesday made public a list of about 110 countries and regions that will join the Summit for Democracy to be held online on December 9 and 10.

The government says the three key themes at the meeting are defending against authoritarianism, addressing and fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights.

Taiwan is invited, along with Japan, European countries and other democracies. But the list does not include China and Russia, which the US sees as authoritarian states.
The administration of President Joe Biden said relations with China are a battle between democracy and autocracy.

Observers say the US wants to counter China by strengthening cooperation with its allies and friendly nations that value democracy.

Meanwhile, China's Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian told a news conference on Wednesday that China firmly opposes any official interaction between the US and Taiwan. She also said China urges the US to honor the one-China principle and properly address issues related to Taiwan.