China issues a warning to the United States for inviting Taiwan to participate in the U.S.-led “Summit of Democracy,” which takes place in December.
The Epoch Times reports that China rebuked the U.S. after the Biden Administration released a list of summit participants on Tuesday. Notably absent from the list of invited participants are China, Russia, Vietnam, and Burma.
The virtual summit, officially titled the “Summit of Democracy,” is scheduled for Dec. 9 and 10.
That comment was walked back but not denied by the White House.
A statement from the White House on Tuesday noted the goal of the Dec. 9-10 summit is to “galvanize commitments and initiatives across three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights.”
Taiwan’s President, Tsi Ing-wen, tweeted his appreciation for the invitation and thanked the U.S. for “hosting this global conference to bring countries together in defense of our shared values.”
Speaking for Taiwan’s Presidential Office, Xavier Chang noted that Taiwanese officials will share their “democratic success story.”
He added: “Our country’s invitation to participate in the ‘Summit for Democracy’ is an affirmation of Taiwan’s efforts to promote the values of democracy and human rights over the years.”
The decision to invite Taiwan to the summit angered Chinese officials.
According to The Guardian, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijun called the decision to invite Taiwan “a mistake.”
Lijun accused the U.S. of supporting “independence separatists” and warned that those who “play [with] fire” will “only burn themselves.”
In that same article, Chinese officials warned the U.S. against supporting Taiwan’s independence and including Taiwan in the December summit.
That article noted that if the U.S. allowed Taiwan to participate in the summit, China would initiate “decisive counterattacks” and warned there would be “unprecedented storms” across the region.
In a previous post, RTM noted that China was escalating moves to bring Taiwan fully into its orbit.
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