President Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong will join the Democracy Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The summit, on June 18 and 19, will promote the exchange of ideas on the defense of democracy around the world, an issue that takes on relevance in the face of the law passed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which is believed to further repress Hong Kong’s autonomy, according to the Asia Times.
Tsai will present the democratic achievements of Taiwan and the successful campaign she conducted against the CCP Virus, in which only 7 people died. It is not unknown that her democracy is weighed down by the CCP’s aspirations for annexation.
Pompeo will discuss “China and the challenge of free societies.” Pompeo has been very emphatic in denouncing the CCP’s strong interference in several issues of global and American importance, including the CCP’s responsibility for the CCP Virus pandemic and repeated human rights violations.
Also, Joshua Wong, the 24-year-old leader of the Hong Kong political group Demosisto, will speak on the subject of “The Struggle for Democracy—From the Battlefields of Hong Kong.”
It is to be expected that the CCP will speak out against the international meeting, given its tendency to control Hong Kong even more and its consideration of Taiwan as part of its territory, even though it forms a successful independent democratic country.
In particular, the intervention of the activist Wong raises expectations, given the protests against Beijing that have shaken the city for nearly a year, which was granted autonomy by an international treaty, now violated by a law imposed by the CCP.
The CCP’s violation has been strongly criticized by several countries, including the United States and Great Britain, who promise measures to mitigate the anti-democratic impact of the new legislation.
“The general themes of this year will focus on U.S. global leadership and the 2020 elections, democracy and technology, responsible business and defending democracy in times of pandemic,” the organizers report on their website.
Former U.S. secretaries of state John Kerry and Madeleine Albright and former NATO chief and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who is also the founder of the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, will also participate.
Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoana, and Microsoft President Brad Smith will also speak.