China derides Copenhagen democracy meet as ‘political farce’

China on Tuesday blasted a democracy conference in Copenhagen attended by Taiwan's president and a Hong Kong activist alongside Danish government officials this week, qualifying it a "political farce".

China derides Copenhagen democracy meet as 'political farce'
Demonstrators gathered outside the Copenhagen Democracy Summit on Tuesday. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

The Copenhagen Democracy Summit was held Monday and Tuesday in the Danish capital and organised by the Alliance of Democracies, an organisation targeted by Beijing sanctions in March and founded by former NATO boss Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

In addition to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod also participated in the forum by video link, which Beijing said violated “the one-China principle.”

“This summit is a political farce,” the Chinese embassy in Denmark wrote in a statement published on Tuesday. “Inviting those who advocate Taiwan and Hong Kong ‘independence’ to the meeting violates the one-China principle and interferes in China’s internal affairs,” it said.

“Some hypocritical western politicians are good at meddling in other countries’ internal affairs and creating divisions and confrontation in the name of ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’. They are bound to fail,” it added.

At the conference on Monday, Kofod said it was “deplorable” that Beijing had imposed sanctions on 10 European individuals and organisations in response to EU sanctions on Xinjiang officials over their actions against the Uyghur Muslim minority.

Like most countries, Denmark applies the one-China principle — under which Beijing bars other countries from having simultaneous diplomatic relations with Taipei — though it does maintain relations with Taiwan.

Cut off politically from the rest of China since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the territory is self-governing but is not recognised by
the United Nations.

Beijing considers Taiwan a rebel province that will one day return under its control, by force if necessary.

China’s sabre-rattling has increased considerably over the past year, with fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers breaching Taiwan’s air defence zone on a near-daily basis.

“Our government is fully aware of the threats to regional security, and is actively enhancing our national defence capabilities to protect our
democracy,” Tsai told the conference in a video address on Monday. US President Joe Biden is expected to present his China strategy soon, as
calls mount for him to publicly commit to defending Taiwan militarily in the event of a Chinese attack.

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Denmark summons Chinese ambassador over sanctions

Denmark on Tuesday summoned China's ambassador after Beijing sanctioned an organisation founded by a former Danish prime minister in retaliation for EU measures over the crackdown on the Uyghurs, the foreign ministry said.

Denmark summons Chinese ambassador over sanctions
The Chinese Ambassador to Denmark, Feng Tie, at the foreign ministry on Tuesday. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

The Chinese envoy met with officials at the Danish foreign ministry and was informed of Denmark’s protest after China slapped “a number of European individuals and organisations” with sanctions, the ministry said.

“When China sanctions free, critical European politicians, institutions and dissidents, merely for having been critical against China, it is a clear attack on citizens’ freedom of expression in Europe and Denmark,” foreign minister Jeppe Kofod said in a statement.

On Monday, the EU, Britain, US and Canada unveiled coordinated sanctions targeting Chinese officials accused of involvement in the persecution of the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

Beijing snapped back immediately, announcing entry bans on 10 Europeans — including five members of the European Parliament — as well as two EU bodies and two think-tanks.

The list included the non-profit Alliance of Democracies, founded by Anders Fogh Rasmussen — who served as Denmark’s prime minister between 2001 and 2009 after which he became Secretary General of NATO.

Kofod also stressed that the Chinese sanctions were different from those of the EU.

“Let me emphasise that the EU’s sanctions only affect Chinese officials who are directly responsible for gross human rights violations,” Kofod said.

Belgium, France and Lithuania have also summoned China’s ambassadors in their respective countries to protest.

Rights groups believe at least one million Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim minorities have been incarcerated in camps in China’s northwestern region, where Beijing is also accused of forcibly sterilising women and imposing forced labour.

The Chinese government has strongly denied the allegations and says training programmes, work schemes and better education have helped stamp out extremism in the region.