China Strongly Criticizes Taiwan's Invitation to Biden 'Democracy Summit'

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian in Beijing on November 19, 2021. AP - Liu Zheng

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It was a campaign promise from the American president, the first version of the “summit of democracy” will take place online on December 9 and 10, 2021. In total, 110 countries are invited including Taiwan, which immediately made Beijing jump.

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With our correspondent in Beijing,

Stéphane Lagarde

This American invitation to Taiwan triggered a double reaction on the Chinese side: first that of the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian who expressed his “

firm opposition

” and recalled that for People's China, “

Taiwan no. has no other status than that of an integral part of China

.

"

An " 

error

"

The spokesperson for the Chinese office of Taiwanese Affairs, Zhu Fenglian objected, it is a constancy of Chinese diplomacy, to "

any official interaction between the United States and the Chinese region of Taiwan

", qualifying in passing the invitation made by the United States to Taiwan, "

error

."

For the communist authorities, this proposal of Biden is a snub after the virtual meeting between the American and Chinese presidents, a little more than a week ago.

A meeting where, for Beijing, 

the question of Taiwan and the “one China” was precisely central.

China seeks an answer

Beijing is already looking for an answer to

this "

error

" which probably involves closer ties with countries not invited to the "summit of democracies".

Yesterday Tuesday, China and Russia moved closer to a

de facto

military alliance

by agreeing to expand cooperation through strategic exercises and joint patrols in the Asia-Pacific.

Also to listen: China-United States: towards a new trade war?

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