President Biden has described the global competition between the U.S. and China as a battle of democracy vs. autocracy. The reality is often murkier.
Reality check: “If we only dealt with perfect democracies, we couldn’t even deal with ourselves,” notes Lisa Curtis, who helped craft the Trump administration’s China strategy and now heads the Indo-Pacific security program at the Center for a New American Security.
- Biden has also had some success in syncing up with fellow democracies when it comes to China, particularly on human rights issues.
- Still, hopes that this week's summit might be a stepping stone toward an "alliance of democracies" may be tempered by the difficulties of determining who exactly would attend it.
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