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Taiwan gets ‘Summit for Democracy’ invite

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Washington/Taipei/Beijing
The US government has invited Taiwan to a so-called “Summit for Democracy” being held in December, despite tense relations with China. The US State Department has published a list of more than 100 participating countries, including Taiwan. China and Russia are not on the list.
The summit is intended to “set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action,” according to the official website.
Taiwan’s US diplomatic envoy Bi-khim Hsiao and the Digital Minister Audrey Tang will attend the summit on December 9 and 10.
Taiwan presidential spokesperson Xavier Chang on Wednesday thanked US President Joe Biden and the US government for the invitation. Hsiao and Tang will demonstrate Taiwan’s firm determination to defend democracy and share its experience in enhancing governance through technology.
In Beijing, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, called for the White House to adhere to Beijing’s one-China principle, saying China is firmly opposes the invitation.  
Zhao warned the US that “playing with fire with Taiwan independence forces will only end up getting itself burnt.”

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