fredag 26. mars 2021

Biden says US faces battle to 'prove democracy works'

President Joe Biden cast challenges to the US from China, Russia and global shifts in stark terms Thursday, describing "a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies." The President underscored that the United States faces an unprecedented array of tests, with Beijing posing what might be the trickiest strategic challenge of all.

As global freedoms ebb, groundbreaking technological shifts are disrupting economies and climate change is posing an existential threat, all while Moscow continues challenging the West and an increasingly aggressive Beijing seeks to become -- in Biden's words Thursday -- "the most powerful country in the world". 

Biden had been asked at his first press conference as President Thursday whether he would maintain tariffs on Beijing or ban Chinese goods made with forced labor. The questions were legitimate, the President said, "but they only touch a smidgen of what the relationship with China really is about." Biden then drew back and offered his analysis of the hydra-headed challenge facing the country and the world.