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In Joint Opinion, Ambassadors China and Russia Reject US Democracy Summit – The New Indian Express

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WASHINGTON: A rare joint op-ed by the ambassadors of China and Russia sharply attacked President Joe Biden’s plans for a virtual summit of democratic countries — from which they were emphatically excluded.

Russia’s ambassadors Anatoly Antonov and China’s Qin Gang called the US plan “a clear product of their Cold War mentality,” saying the December 9-10 event would “ignite an ideological confrontation and a rift in the world, which would create new divisions.'”

The summit is set to deliver on a campaign promise by Biden to advance the cause of global democracy at a time when autocratic governments are on the rise.

But when the State Department published a list of about 110 invited countries on Tuesday — not counting Russia or China — their response was furious.

China was especially angry about the inclusion of Taiwan, over which it claims sovereignty.

The two ambassadors to the United States write on the website of the conservative National Journal that democracy “can be realized in several ways, and no model fits all countries.”

“No country has the right to judge the vast and diverse political landscape of the world with a single yardstick,” the ambassadors added.

The article described Communist China as “a comprehensive socialist democracy that goes through the whole process (that) reflects the will of the people, fits the reality of the country and enjoys strong support from the people.”

“It has been proven that the democracy of the whole process works in China, and very well.”

Taiwan was not mentioned in the article.

It said Russia — where long-serving President Vladimir Putin signed a law in April that would allow him to remain in power until 2036 — is a “democratic federated rule of law with a republican form of government” with age-old parliamentary traditions.

Without mentioning the United States, the envoys said wars and conflicts started in the name of the spread of democracy “seriously undermine regional and international peace, security and stability.”

“Bombs on Yugoslavia, military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, and ‘democratic transformation’ do nothing but damage,” they wrote.

“Countries should focus on managing their own affairs well, not on patronizing others.”

They concluded by saying that countries should practice mutual respect and cooperation.

Such cooperation would have to rely heavily on the United Nations, they wrote, adding, “There should be a more inclusive global governance, not something like ‘maybe it will be fine’.”

Among the countries invited to the virtual summit are some where democracy appears fragile, has suffered setbacks or where autocratic trends have emerged.

The invitees include Brazil, India and Pakistan, but not Hungary or NATO member Turkey.