Taiwan's digital minister, envoy to attend U.S. 'Summit for Democracy'

11/24/2021 03:45 PM
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Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (left) and Taiwan
Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (left) and Taiwan's representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim. CNA file photo

Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Wednesday thanked the United States government for inviting Taiwan to attend President Biden's "Summit for Democracy" in December.

MOFA said Taiwan will be represented by Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (唐鳳), who is responsible for digital issues. She will share with participants at the summit, to be held from Dec. 9-10, how Taiwan has strengthened democratic governance through the use of technology, the ministry added.

Taiwan's representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) will also join Tang at the summit, according to a MOFA press release.

More details on Taiwan's upcoming participation to the summit will be announced later, the ministry said.

Taiwan is among the 110 delegations invited to the summit, according to a list released by the U.S. State Department on Tuesday.

The summit is expected to focus on three principle themes -- "defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights," according to the State Department's press release.

It noted that the summit next month will be held virtually, featuring leaders from government, civil society and the private sector.

"The summit will focus on challenges and opportunities facing democracies and will provide a platform for leaders to announce both individual and collective commitments, reforms, and initiatives to defend democracy and human rights at home and abroad," the State Department said.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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