Taiwan is among 110 delegations invited to President Biden’s “Summit of Democracy” next month. a list Released Tuesday night by the State Department.
why it matters: Taiwan’s inclusion is sure to anger the Chinese government, which views the self-governing island as a separate territory and opposes any attempt to legitimize it on the international stage.
- Biden has repeatedly expressed his firm commitment to helping Taiwan protect itself from potential Chinese aggression.
- He has gone ahead with the official US government position on a potential war on Taiwan several times, only to be clarified by the White House press office that the policy has not changed.
big picture: The invitation list for the Biden summit, to be held December 9-10, underscores the messy nature of 21st-century democracy and US relations with few allies and partners.
- Hungary, whose far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orban is a staunch supporter of “conservative democracy”, is the only member of the European Union not invited to the summit.
- NATO ally Turkey was also not invited, amid the increasingly authoritarian antics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a move towards Russia.
- However, the Biden administration invited Poland, India and the Philippines, which have also experienced democratic backsliding over the past several years.
description: According to the State Department, the summit is expected to focus on three principle themes – “defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption and promoting respect for human rights”.
- In addition to world leaders, Biden will convene members of civil society and the private sector for a series of events focused on “designing concrete commitments and deliverables for the convention.”
- In about a year, Biden will host a second summit – this time in person – “to take stock of the progress made and build a common path forward.”