Joe Biden begins democracy summit to rally against authoritarianism

President Biden kicked off the first White House ‘Summit for Democracy’ on Thursday morning with more than 100 world leaders (Image: Getty Images/AP)

President Joe Biden has taken a long-promised step to advance democracy against rising authoritarianism by hosting the first White House ‘Summit for Democracy’ on Thursday.

“I wanted to host this summit because in the United States we know as well as anyone that renewing our democracy and strengthening our democratic institutions requires constant effort,” Biden said. speak.

With more than 100 participants representing governments, civil society and private sector leaders virtually joining him, Biden emphasized that this is an important time to strengthen the duplication of foundations. democracy.

In making the case for action, Biden noted that his own victory was in passing suffrage legislation back home, and alluded to the United States’ own challenges to democratic institutions and traditions. their.

“This is a matter of urgency,” Biden said at the opening of the two-day virtual summit. ‘The data we’re seeing is largely pointing in the wrong direction.’

Biden acknowledged the United States’ own struggles in submitting to the ideals the nation had founded, calling it ‘the defining challenge of our time.’

Nearly 80 world leaders attended the opening remarks, including from France, Canada, India, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Japan, Israel and the Philippines.

The summit is what Biden sees as a priority during the first year of his presidency. It comes as he repeatedly makes the case that the United States and its like-minded allies need to show the world that democracies are far more beneficial to societies than autocracies.

The summit will also be a way to renew the country’s image as a healthy democracy, something that was tarnished by the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by a Angry crowd of Donald Trump supporters.

‘This gathering has been on my mind for a long time for one simple reason. In the face of long-standing and alarming challenges to democracy, universal human rights and worldwide, democracy needs champions,’ the president said.

Notably, those missing from the summit are China and Russia.

The two countries’ ambassadors wrote a joint essay leading up to the event claiming that the Biden administration was embodying a ‘Cold War mentality’ that would ’cause ideological confrontation and rift in the world gender.’

While the mission of the event, according to Biden, is to ‘set an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal’ and counter threats to democracies, many are questioning its identity summit invitation book.

Countries like Iraq and the Republic of the Congo, which have questionable human rights records, have been invited. While countries like Hungary, a member of the European Union, and Turkey, a member of NATO, were excluded.

Taiwan, which China claims, was also present at the event.

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Huynh Nguyen

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