US invitation to Taiwan for democracy summit tests ties with China

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration invited Taiwan to join a rally of democracies, further refuting Beijing’s long audacious campaign to diplomatically isolate the island and countering a recent easing of tensions between the US and China. to test.

The inaugural Democracy Summit, a virtual meeting scheduled for December 9-10, aims to bring together more than 100 democratic governments and excludes China, Russia and some other countries with authoritarian leaders. By inviting Taiwan, the Biden administration is broadening its efforts to include the island in international forums, positioning it as a bulwark against harassment from Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its territory.

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