June 3, 2023

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After the summit, Joe Biden mocked China, calling the United States a defender of democracy

President Joe Biden Its summit for democracy concluded on Friday To us Defender of democratic values ​​in the world, but received harsh criticism China Y Russia, Was excluded from the meeting.

“We reaffirm the democratic values ​​that are at the heart of our international organization and have been, for decades, fundamental elements of global growth and prosperity,” Biden said at the conclusion of a two-day conference via video conference. Govt-19 Infection.

“We have a responsibility to work with all those who share those values ​​to shape the rules of the road that govern our progress in the 21st century,” he added, stressing that democracy “knows no boundaries” and “speaks all languages”. “

Joe Biden Assure that To us It “favors those who give their people the ability to breathe freely, not those who suffocate them with an iron fist.”

The US president has repeatedly said that the world is reaching a “point” in the struggle between growing authoritarianism and increasingly criticized democracies.

On the first day of the summit, which brought together representatives of about 100 governments and civil society, Joe Biden He pledged $ 424 million in support of press freedom, clean elections and anti-corruption campaigns.

He said that more than ever, democracy needs champions.

China’s reaction

But Biden held the date in front of the wall of television screens at his rival, the White House China He mocked the meeting with the campaign, including the English rap song “Americans sell democracy like they sell Coca-Cola”.

China Y RussiaAccording to Biden, the supreme leaders of the dictatorship responded angrily, accusing him of inciting the general ideological divisions of the Cold War.

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On Saturday, the Chinese government promised democracy To us It is “a weapon of mass destruction (…) to interfere in other countries.”

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement that the summit was organized by Washington to “draw the lines of ideological prejudice, to instruct and arm democracy … to provoke division and conflict.”

The Chinese government is particularly concerned about Taiwan, a democratically governed island China Considers it a separatist region, yes it was called.

But Nicaragua, which was not invited to the meeting, was encouraged to leave Beijing in the middle of the summit. Claiming that it had severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan and recognized it as “the only China”.

The announcement took only 14 diplomatic allies with Taiwan, as the US State Department called on “all countries that respect democratic institutions” to “expand engagement” with the island.

(With information from AFP)