Joe Biden's Summit for Democracy is missing some surprising countries

The State Department told Newsweek the administration wanted to embrace 'a big tent' of established and emerging democracies at the virtual meeting in December.

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11/26/2021 3:26:00 AM

The State Department told Newsweek the administration wanted to embrace 'a big tent' of established and emerging democracies at the virtual meeting in December.

The State Department told Newsweek the administration wanted to embrace 'a big tent' of established and emerging democracies at the virtual meeting in December.

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesAccording to Chong, the gathering of 110 governments could be Biden's way of"using different modes of engagement to reach out to different states and entities.""Something substantial may come out of it for participants," he added.

One of those is likely to beTaiwan, a hot potato in U.S.-China relations for more than 40 years. Its officials will be the only representatives from a government with which Washington has no formal diplomatic relations. For Taipei, the event holds great significance as a chance to showcase achievements in governance in the absence of widely recognized statehood.

Aspokesperson toldNewsweekon Thursday:"The goal of the invitation list was to ensure the summit reflects regional as well as socio-economic diversity, and also that it includes a slate of both well-established and emerging democracies."We are embracing a big tent, with a clear-eyed recognition that no democracy is perfect. The United States reached out to a regionally diverse set of democracies whose progress and commitments will advance a more just and peaceful world." headtopics.com

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