China also opposed the US decision to invite Taiwan. China also accused US President Joe Biden of inviting Taiwan to attend a democracy summit with 109 other democratic governments.
Taiwan’s digital minister Audrey Tang, who is the second youngest official in the cabinet, hit back on Beijing’s criticism of the invitation to Taiwan. “There will be more summit meetings for democracy in the future,” announced Tang on Friday (March 12th, 2021) at the Reuters Next conference.
“So to all the governments and people around the world who feel degraded if they are not invited to participate, I propose to double the realization of democracy, so maybe we will share the same phase in the next round,” said .
Tang, the first transgender executive cabinet member, will represent Taiwan at the upcoming summit with Hsiao Bi-khim, the de facto ambassador to Washington. The summit, which is the first of two such conferences organized by the AA, will be held virtually.
The Summit on Democracy will bring together government and private sector leaders to focus on three main themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting and fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights, the US State Department website explains.
Aside from the US not inviting Taiwan, the US has not invited Russia either. The Kremlin immediately described the US stance as divisive policy. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the guest list posted on Tuesday’s State Department website shows that Washington “prefers to draw a new line of dividing the country into states that it believes are good and bad ”.