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Summit for Democracy: Hypocrisy & Provocation.

Hamdhan Shakeel

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On 15th September 2021 U.S. President Joe Biden announced that it would be holding a Summit for Democracy on 09th December 2021. According to U.S. President Joe Biden, the summit will seek to bring the heads of world governments, civil societies and the private sector to “set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal”.

From the onset, red flags were raised on the exact intended function of the summit as the U.S. provoked major global powers and democratic countries were left uninvited for the Summit for Democracy. China, Russia, Sri Lanka were among those who were not invited to the summit. Moreover the U.S. strategically provoked some of the nations which posed a threat to U.S. imperialism.

In the case of China, the U.S. invited Taiwan to the summit. Taiwan, which is an undeniably a part of China was invited to the summit in an act of provocation at a critical juncture as U.S. and its allies continue to threaten the stability of the region through their unwarranted military presence in the South China Sea. If we were to turn the tables around and analyze a hypothetical scenario where Russia were to invite Puerto Rico or Guam to a similar summit while blocking the U.S., they would retaliate with military action citing intimidation, provocation and the need to defend their territories.

Along with China, Russia and Sri Lanka, several other nations were also left uninvited for the summit, including countries like Bolivia and Venezuela where the U.S. has been accused of funding anti-government factions and meddling in domestic affairs.

The reason these democratic countries were left uninvited was due to the lack of democracy, or to be more precise for not meeting the definition of democracy by the U.S. This is in contrary to what U.S. President Joe Biden said on 15th February 20201, where he said that “No democracy is perfect, and no democracy is ever final. Every gain made, every barrier broken, is the result of determined, unceasing work.”.

While U.S. President Joe Biden claims that every democracy requires time to evolve to cater to its host country, the U.S. in practice does not adhere to this belief. The western nations which spent hundreds of years at war with each other and themselves, adopted their current democratic system through centuries of bloodshed. Now, laced with Eurocentricity the very same western nations demand the rest of the world to forgo their culture, history and social identify and to adopt their definitions of democracy overnight, or face economic sanctions or military action.

Just as the parliamentary democratic system under the monarchy is unsuitable for the U.S., the U.S.’ definition of democracy may be unsuitable for a nation halfway around the globe.

 Moreover, the U.S.’ monopolistic claim over democracy and its projection as the global defender and savior of democracy is questionable due to its historically backed fact that the U.S. has toppled more democratic governments than any other country and due to their weak internal democratic system.

According to Sweden’s International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)1, democracy in the U.S. is regressing. They stated that there was visible deterioration of democracy in the U.S. including decline in civil liberties, increasing polarization, voter participation suppression. These factors have led to the U.S. people to even lose faith in their democratic system.

A recent study2 by the U.S. think tank Pew Research Center showed that amongst U.S. allies nations, only 17% saw the U.S. as an ideal democracy while only 19% of Americans believe that they are a model for democracy. While this shows the lack of faith in the system by both the American people and their allies, the study also revealed that 57% of their allies believe that U.S. democracy is in a state of regression.

As the U.S. President Joe Biden surrounds itself with autocrats like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi    who has been accused of being engineering the decline of democracy in India and the rise of ethnocracy, the U.S. President Joe Biden’s Summit for Democracy is more akin to a global summit on hegemony and intimidation.

If the U.S. is sincere in their efforts to promote democracy, they should first and foremost address their undeniable domestic decline in the democratic system and its social fabric. Intimidation, provocation and hegemony will not pave way not promote democracy. As long as the U.S. continues to meddle with the natural evolution of the democracies around globe, the ideal democratic society for world nations will never be achieved.

1- https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/11/22/united-states-backsliding-democracies-list-first-time/

2- https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2021/11/01/what-people-around-the-world-like-and-dislike-about-american-society-and-politics/

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President calls for SIDS to lead with resilience and innovation

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has urged Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to become beacons of resilience and innovation. He made the statement in his national statement at the Plenary of the Fourth International Conference on SIDS.

President Dr. Muizzu emphasised the importance of SIDS believing in their ability to navigate developmental challenges, stating, the vulnerabilities should not be the downfall; they should be our armor and the rallying call. He proposed three key ways in which SIDS can seek support from the international community.

As such, the president stressed that the international community must lower borrowing costs and provide SIDS with access to credit enhancement measures. In addition, president called on bilateral partners to employ more creative financial solutions, such as retractable financing, to better support SIDS. The president highlighted the need for a coordinated and cooperative approach involving the United Nations (UN) system, international development organisations, and private sector financiers. He also urged SIDS to strengthen their institutions and collaborate with the private sector.

The International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is a UN conference held every four years. President Dr. Muizzu is currently in Antigua and Barbuda for the summit, where he will deliver key remarks at several events and engage with other leaders of SIDS.

Source(s): PsmNews

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President discusses climate infrastructure funding with EIB

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has held discussions with Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Ambroise Fayolle, on the sidelines of the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Antigua and Barbuda.

In their discussions, President Dr. Muizzu conveyed his deep appreciation for the EIB’s longstanding support and reiterated his administration’s commitment to further strengthening these valuable ties.

The meeting centered on exploring collaborative opportunities to fund climate-resilient infrastructure projects. President Dr. Muizzu emphasised the importance of initiatives such as seawalls, shore protection, water management systems, and renewable energy projects to effectively combat the impacts of climate change.

Concluding the meeting, both leaders exchanged insights on renewable energy, climate mitigation, and adaptation strategies, underscoring their shared dedication to addressing the pressing challenges of climate change.

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WHA’s Rejection of the Proposal on Taiwan

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Remarks on the 77th WHA’s Rejection of the Proposal on Taiwan

On May 27, the General Committee and the Plenary Session of the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) respectively decided to reject the so-called proposal of “inviting Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer” submitted by certain countries. This has been the eighth year in a row that the WHA has rejected the so-called proposal concerning Taiwan. China’s position on Taiwan-related issues at the WHA is widely understood and supported by the international community. Over 100 countries explicitly expressed support for China’s position by writing to the WHO Director-General and through other means. This fully demonstrates that the one-China principle is where global opinion trends and the arc of history bends, and must not be challenged.

The Chinese central government attaches great importance to the health and well-being of our compatriots in Taiwan. Taiwan’s medical and health experts can participate in WHO technical meetings under the prerequisite that the one-China principle is upheld. Over the past year alone, medical and technical experts from China’s Taiwan region took part in WHO technical activities 21 times, which involved 24 participants, and all the applications were approved by the central government. There is an International Health Regulations Contact Point in the Taiwan region for it to promptly access and report to the WHO concerning information related to health emergencies. The Taiwan region has sufficient and unimpeded channels to participate in the technical communication and cooperation in the WHO. There is no such thing as a “gap” in global anti-epidemic efforts. Compared with a handful of countries’ political manipulation that trumpets Taiwan’s participation in the WHA, the central government’s proper arrangement and concrete actions demonstrate real meaning and sincerity for the livelihood and well-being of our compatriots in Taiwan.

Once again we would like to make it clear to the DPP authorities: the abiding commitment of the international community to the one-China principle is unshakable and the trend that China will be reunified is not to be reversed. “Taiwan independence” runs contrary to the interests of our compatriots in Taiwan, and any attempt to seek “Taiwan independence” by relying on external forces leads nowhere. Meanwhile, we urge certain countries to stop distorting and challenging UNGA Resolution 2758, stop fudging and hollowing out the one-China principle, stop politicizing health issues, and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs by exploiting the Taiwan question. Using Taiwan to contain China will only end in failure.

Source(s): Chinese Foreign Ministry

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