Foreign Minister shrugs off lack of invite to democracy summit

Thailand’s Foreign Minister has shrugged off the fact that Thailand has not been invited to a democracy summit being hosted by the US. Thai PBS World reviews that Don Pramudwinai says the event is, “nothing greater than pure politics”. The summit is scheduled to happen from December 9-10 and Thailand has been left off the guest list. Controversially, Taiwan has not.
During a House of Representatives session, Don was requested by opposition MP Suthin Klangsaeng from the Pheu Thai party why Thailand had not been invited. He responded by dismissing the occasion and mentioning that not all ASEAN countries are on the guest listing. He then advised that maybe it was an excellent thing Thailand had not been invited.
“It’s nothing greater than pure politics being performed by some international locations towards one another. Some nations which have democratic elections weren’t invited both. Maybe, we ought to be glad that we weren’t invited. This might become a double-edged sword.”

The US State Department has invited Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines to take part in the event, which plans to deal with diminishing human rights and freedoms worldwide. In Fortune , one hundred ten members have made the guest record, however China and Russia haven’t. Not solely that, however China has been left furious by the US inviting Taiwan to participate, with Zhao Lijian from China’s Foreign Ministry issuing a statement confirming the government’s opposition.
“U.S. actions only go to point out democracy is only a cowl and a software for it to advance its geopolitical aims, oppress other nations, divide the world and serve its personal interests.”

Taiwan has accepted the invitation to the summit and will be represented by its de-facto ambassador in Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim, along with Digital Minister Audrey Tang.
“Our country’s invitation to take part in the ‘Summit for Democracy’ is an affirmation of Taiwan’s efforts to advertise the values of democracy and human rights over time.”g

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