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US President Biden Hosts 'Democracy Summit' Day One

The two-day event has brought together representatives of more than 100 countries, while the likes of Russia, China, and Turkey have been left out of the summit.
Watch a live broadcast from Washington, DC where US President Joe Biden is hosting the virtual Summit for Democracy on Thursday, 9 December.
The summit focuses on the challenges faced by various democracies.
Among the speakers on the first day of the summit, there will be Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Nana Akufo-Addo – President of Ghana, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer – Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, and others. Today's session will be closed by US Vice President Kamala Harris.
Washington has invited 110 counties to participate in the summit with China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and a dozen other states not invited. Beijing has accused the US of disregarding the One China policy after Taiwan, which it sees as its breakaway republic, was invited to the event.
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