China on Wednesday slammed the US decision to invite Taiwan to a democracy summit in December, calling the decision a “mistake” and asking Washington not to collude with Taiwan “independence” separatists.

Foreign  ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, adding that Taiwan is “an inalienable part of Chinese territory said, “China firmly opposes the US invitation to the Taiwan authorities to participate in the so-called Summit for Democracy,” .

China reacted after the Joe Biden administration officially released the list of participants to its upcoming “summit for democracy”.

 which includes the island of Taiwan, a self-ruled democracy claimed by Beijing as a breakaway region.

There are 110 participants on the US state department’s invitation list for the virtual event on December 9 and 10 including India but not China and Russia.The summit, according to Washington, aims to help stop democratic backsliding and the erosion of rights and freedoms worldwide.

The naming of Taiwan has expectedly riled China, which has in recent months increased pressure on the island and accused the US of working with those who propagate “independence” for it.

Beijing has never ruled out using force to reunify the island of some 23 million people. Reacting to Taiwan being included in the summit, the mainland’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office said “it’s a mistake” and reiterated its firm opposition to any formal interaction between the US and the island.

The Chinese foreign ministry expressed strong opposition against Taiwan being invited to the “so-called summit of democracy” with spokesperson Zhao Lijian urging the US to stop colluding with Taiwan “independence” separatists.

Zhao said ,“Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory and the one-China principle. It is a generally accepted norm of international relations. Apart from being part of China, Taiwan has no other status in international law,”.

 According  to the White House, Biden had also said he “strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”.

During the presidential summit with Xi Jinping, Biden had reiterated long-standing US support for the “One China” policy under which it officially recognises Beijing rather than Taipei.

Xi, according to the official news agency, Xinhua, said that those in Taiwan who seek independence, and their supporters in the US, were “playing with fire”.

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