US President Joe Biden invites 110 countries, not China at virtual summit for democracy

US President Joe Biden has invited around 110 countries to a virtual summit for democracy on December 9-10, but China is not included in the list.

Washington: Taiwan is also invited, but the name of NATO member Turkey is missing, according to list released by the State Department on Tuesday.

The final list also leaves out Russia, while in the South Asia region Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka have been excluded, according to a list posted on the State Department website on Tuesday. The list includes major Western allies of the United States, apart from India, Pakistan and Iraq.

The Biden administration has invited Taiwan to its “Summit for Democracy” next month, according to a list of participants published on Tuesday. The move is likely to infuriate China, which views the democratically governed island as its territory.


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