President Joe Biden has invited 110 countries to a virtual democracy-themed summit, and the US State Department announced Tuesday (local time).
The summit will take place on December 9-10, as Biden announced in August, and will focus on three main themes: fighting authoritarianism, tackling and combating corruption, and promoting human rights compliance.
China, the main rival of the US on the world stage, has not been invited. On the other hand, Taiwan does, which may lead to anger from Beijing, which sees the island as a renegade province. Other notable absentees from the list of invitees are NATO member Turkey, EU member Hungary and Russia. India has been invited.
In the Middle East, Israel and Iraq have been invited to the virtual conference, as well as US traditional Arab allies such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Not Iran and Afghanistan, for example.
Biden has also invited Brazil, although the country is led by controversial President Jair Bolsonaro. In addition, South Africa, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger and Nigeria, among others, have been asked to participate.
Biden plans to hold a second summit about a year after the first virtual democracy summit. Everyone has to be there in person. World leaders can then show the progress they have made since the first summit.