China warns Biden that inviting Taiwan to his democracy summit is a 'mistake' after Xi told him he was 'playing with fire'

Then Vice President Joe Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2011, Lintao Zhang / Getty Images
China said the US made a "mistake" in inviting Taiwan to Biden's upcoming democracy summit.
Xi Jinping recently warned that Biden "plays with fire" when it comes to Taiwan.
Tensions over Taiwan have contributed to an extremely delicate dynamic between the US and China.
The Chinese government told President Joe Biden that it was a "mistake" to invite Taiwan to its upcoming democracy summit.
China is against "any official interaction between the US and China's Taiwan region," said Zhu Fenglian, a spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Bureau, according to The Guardian on Wednesday.
China's Foreign Ministry said it "strongly opposes" Taiwan to the summit.
"US actions only show that democracy is just a cover and a tool to pursue geopolitical goals, oppress other countries, divide the world and serve their own interests," said Zhao Lijian, a State Department spokesman , told reporters Reuters.
A list of attendees at the summit was released on Tuesday, indicating that Taiwan was among the 110 invited. The summit is to take place virtually on December 9th and 10th.
“Taiwan was and will be attending the Summit in accordance with US One China Policy, based on the Taiwan Relations Act, the Three Joint Communiqués, and the Six Assurances, and in recognition of Taiwan's role as a leading democracy "a senior Biden government official told Insider.
"We believe Taiwan can make meaningful commitments in light of the summit's goals of combating authoritarianism, fighting corruption and promoting respect for human rights at home and abroad," the official said.
The official added that Taiwan's "experience in promoting a more transparent, responsive and vibrant democracy serves as a strong example" and described it as "a world leader in developing best practices to protect against disinformation and foreign interference in the use of new technologies" . to make governance more transparent and responsive and to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI + people. "
Digital Minister Audrey Tang and Taiwan's Washington representative Hsiao Bi-khim will represent their government at the summit to demonstrate "Taiwan's world-class expertise on issues of transparent governance, human rights and the fight against disinformation in line with the" one China "of the US to present "politics," said the official.
US relations with China are at an all-time low, with tensions over Taiwan at the center of the gap.
Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Biden against promoting Taiwan's independence, saying the US would "play with fire" when it came to Taiwan. The Chinese government regards Taiwan, a self-governing island democracy, as a breakaway province.
"Such steps are extremely dangerous, just like playing with fire," Xi said at a virtual meeting with Biden last week, according to Xinhua Official News Agency. "Those who play with fire will be burned," added Xi.
"We are patient and will pursue the prospect of peaceful reunification with the utmost sincerity and effort," Xi told Biden. "But should the separatist forces for 'Taiwan independence' provoke us, force our hands or even cross the red line, we will be forced to take decisive action."
Rather than calling for Taiwan's independence, Biden sent mixed messages regarding US policy towards Taiwan. He and other US officials reiterated their position that China and Taiwan should negotiate their relations peacefully.
The US severed official diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979 when it established official relations with China's foreign government. However, Washington continues to maintain a robust unofficial relationship with Taiwan, and under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, the US pledges to provide the island with defensive weapons.
"The US will provide Taiwan with defense articles and defense services in sufficient quantities to enable Taiwan to maintain adequate self-defense capabilities," the law states.
The US has generally maintained a policy of "strategic ambiguity" with Taiwan in general - and is deliberately vague about how it would react to an attack by China. But Biden apparently signed the US to defend Taiwan in October should China invade, which led the White House to withdraw its comments.
Biden has made the global promotion of democracy an important foreign policy goal and promised during the election campaign to hold a summit aimed at this. He entered the White House less than a month after a violent riot in the U.S. Capitol that, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, damaged America's ability to promote democracy.
"American democracy is not a model for anyone right now, but that doesn't mean democracy is not a model," Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack professor of citizenship and self-government at Harvard Kennedy School, told Insider in January. “If you're interested in democracy, don't look at American democracy - especially now - how to have a good democracy. There are many other places that are much better and we should learn from them. "."
Fung said Biden's Democracy Summit was “a great idea,” but added that the goal of such an event should be “what we can learn from other places to make America the city on a hill that we all would like to have ".
In an annual report by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Stockholm, the US was listed for the first time as a "recidivist democracy". The report warned of the global decline of democracy, saying that the number of countries moving towards authoritarianism is three times as high as those on the path to democracy.
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General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and Supreme Leader of China

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