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China slams 'Summit for Democracy' in talks with other excluded nations

Beijing moves to bolster ties with nondemocratic countries

BEIJING -- China is working to strengthen relations with countries not invited to the Summit for Democracy that the U.S. will host next month, apparently concerned that the virtual meeting will lead to Taiwan's recognition by the international community.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with counterparts Sergey Lavrov of Russia and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar of India via video link this past Friday. He used that meeting to criticize the democracy summit as divisive, saying the trio have a responsibility to oppose interference in other countries' internal affairs under the pretext of democracy, according to a summary from the Chinese side.

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