The Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued a stern warning to the United States, urging it not to impose its own brand of democracy on other countries or to divide the world community by excluding certain nations from its next summit. At a routine news briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that governments all over the globe should work together to improve global coordination and cooperation while addressing the problems of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that countries should work together to overcome global issues and encouraged international leaders to resist a new cold-war mentality.
The spokesperson was replying to a query about China’s stance on US President Joe Biden’s virtual ‘Summit of Democracies,’ which will take place in December, and would gather together democratic leaders at Washington’s request. Wang told the assembled reporters that he agreed with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the December meeting will split the world community into “us” and “them.” Wang emphasized that the United States must not use democracy as a ruse to pursue its hegemony or its own geostrategic interests.
The spokesperson claimed that democracy is not dogma and that countries all over the globe should implement political systems while taking into account variations in history, culture, social systems, and phases of development. According to the event’s website, President Biden will convene the first of two Summits for Democracy on December 9-10, 2021, in which attendees would lay forward an “affirmative agenda for democratic renewal” and address authoritarianism. In 2022, there will be a face-to-face summit.