Joe Biden estimated that democracy needs “champions”, including the USA, opening yesterday the online Summit in which 100 countries participated, including Greece.
In fact, we remind you that the choice of countries provoked reactions from many sides.
Democracy in the world needs “champions” to face “significant and troubling challenges,” the White House said in a statement, adding that there were banners prepared for the “Democracy Summit” banner. a logo in blue, orange and white.
None of us is perfect
The 46th US president acknowledged that the United States itself must “fight relentlessly to live up to its democratic ideals” and agreed that none of the states invited to the summit were “perfect.”
However, Biden called on states to engage in efforts against “authoritarian regimes” that “justify their practices and repressive policies as the most effective means of meeting the challenges of the moment,” leading some to question the capacity for democratic governance. to take care of their citizens.
The event, which was organized online in Washington due to the pandemic, should theoretically be repeated in real time.
Representatives of 100 governments, NGOs, companies and charities are taking part in the summit, but the guest list has caused a great deal of tension.
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The fact that the United States is empowered to define “which is a ‘democratic country’ and which does not qualify for that status’ shows a ‘Cold War mentality,'” Russian and Chinese ambassadors Anatoly Antonov wrote in a joint article in late November. Qin Gang.
Taiwan’s invitation sparked Beijing month, which sees the island as a Chinese province even if it does not control it.
The summit is taking place at a time of great tension between the United States and China, but also between the United States and Russia.
Washington announced Monday that it will not send any diplomatic representatives to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. In the US, Australia, Britain and Canada were added.
As for Russia, Joe Biden is stepping up warnings against Vladimir Putin, and hopes to prevent an attack on Ukraine by threatening heavy economic sanctions.
“Bad idea that causes tensions”
The list of countries invited or excluded was discussed.
Pakistan, the Philippines, led by far-right President Zaih Bolsonaru’s Brazil, have been invited, but not Hungary, a member of the European Union where a nationalist government is in power, or even Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Erdogan’s Turkey’s Erdogan NATO.
The summit comes at a time when the United States is going through an unprecedented political crisis, with former President Donald Trump and his conservative allies continuing to denounce, without evidence, electoral fraud that Trump claims has lost. the November 2020 elections.
The violent attack of Trump supporters on Congress on January 6 shocked the American democracy and the country is still shaken by divisions despite the “united” attitude of the president.
Joe Biden has to face the by-elections in a year, which are traditionally not in favor of the ruling party. These elections could also, in the event of a Republican victory, push Donald Trump to run for a new term in 2024.
For Bruce Gendlesson, a professor of political science at Duke University, this summit is “a bad idea” that is causing tensions without making much progress.
“We have bigger problems than any other western democracy,” he said. “There was an attack on Congress, it was a coup attempt. “We have not seen this happen in Paris, in the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) or at the European Union headquarters in Brussels.”
“If we want to compete, we have to do the best we can, and it is really up to us to do it in our country instead of gathering a hundred leaders to say, ‘We love democracy,'” he said.