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Biden’s misguided framing of US-China rivalry as democracy versus autocracy (Baogang He, East Asia Forum)

On 9 December 2021, US President Joe Biden will hold the ‘Summit for Democracy’, where he will likely repeat his emphasis on a battle between democracies and autocracies in the 21st century. Biden’s aim to promote democratic renewal around the world is admirable, and China needs to tame its authoritarian tendencies. But framing US–China strategic competition in terms of democracy versus autocracy is a poor strategy.

Biden’s misguided framing of US-China rivalry as democracy versus autocracy (eastasiaforum.org)