China was ignored of the two-day digital summit — together with nations together with Russia and Hungary — and responded by angrily accusing US President Joe Biden of stoking Chilly Struggle-era ideological divides.
“‘Democracy’ has lengthy turn into a ‘weapon of mass destruction’ utilized by the US to intrude in different nations,” a overseas ministry spokesperson stated in a web based assertion, which additionally accused the US of getting “instigated ‘color revolutions'” abroad.
The ministry additionally claimed the summit was organised by the US to “draw traces of ideological prejudice, instrumentalise and weaponise democracy… (and) incite division and confrontation.”
As a substitute, Beijing vowed to “resolutely resist and oppose all types of pseudo-democracies”.
Forward of the summit, China ramped up a propaganda blitz criticising US democracy as corrupt and a failure.
As a substitute, it touted its personal model of “whole-process folks’s democracy” in a white paper launched final week that aimed to shore up legitimacy for the ruling Communist Occasion, which has turn into more and more authoritarian beneath President Xi Jinping.
Whereas the US has repeatedly denied there will probably be one other Chilly Struggle with China, tensions between the world’s two largest economies have spiralled in recent times over points together with commerce and technological competitors, human rights, Xinjiang and Taiwan.
The US Treasury on Friday sanctioned two high-level Chinese language officers for human rights abuses within the Xinjiang area and positioned Chinese language AI surveillance agency SenseTime on a blacklist for its facial recognition expertise focusing on the Uyghur minority.
Taiwan, a democratic self-ruling island that’s claimed by China, was invited to the US summit in a transparent snub to its bigger neighbour.
However Beijing bought a lift in the midst of Biden’s summit when Nicaragua dropped its earlier diplomatic alliance with Taiwan, saying it solely recognised China.
The announcement leaves Taiwan with solely 14 diplomatic allies. In response, the US State Division referred to as on “all nations that worth democratic establishments” to “develop engagement” with the island.