China, US tussle over Biden's 'Summit for Democracy'
The party maintains China has its own form of democracy and plans to issue a report titled "China: Democracy that Works" on Saturday, five days before the opening of Biden's two-day virtual meeting with about 110 other governments.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the participants would discuss how to work together to stand up for democracy around the world.
"That's nothing we're going to apologise for," she said.
"It claims it's doing this for democracy," Le said, without naming the US. ''But this is in fact the very opposite of democracy. It will do no good to global solidarity, no good to cooperation and no good to development." Biden has made a competition between democracies and autocracies such as Russia and China a central theme of his presidency, saying democracies must prove they can deliver. Neither Russia nor China are invited to his summit.
The Communist Party has responded by saying its system serves the country's people, citing its rapid development into a middle-income country and relative success in limiting the number of deaths from COVID-19. Officials regularly highlight failings of American democracy, from gun violence to the insurrection at the US Capitol after the last presidential election.
Bonnie Glaser, a China expert who is director of the Asia Programme at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, said the Chinese are correct in viewing the summit as a pushback against autocracy and China's political system.
"The Chinese Communist Party likely feels threatened by the Biden democracy narrative and feels compelled to reaffirm that it puts the people first," she said in an email. "Of course, the people come after the party and the preservation of its role, but that is left unsaid.'' The US also angered China by including Taiwan in the summit. China claims the self-governing island as part of its territory and objects to it having any contact on its own with foreign governments.
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