Biden’s comments to more than 100 leaders at the White House’s first virtual democracy virtual summit came as they pointed to the many challenges facing democracy. including corruption inequality and restrictions on freedom of the press
Leaders also voiced concerns about the dangers of disinformation and authoritarianism.
“Are we going to let rights and democracy lag behind us without scrutiny?” Biden asked, “or will we, together, share the vision … and dare to advance human progress and human freedom? again?”
He didn’t mention Chinese or Russian names. But he has repeatedly made the case that the United States And like-minded alliances need to show the world that democracy is a better vehicle for society than dictatorship. It’s a cornerstone of Biden’s foreign policy outlook – one he vows to look outward rather than approach. Trump’s “America First”
Biden stressed that even long-established democracies such as the United States are not immune to tension. and he called this moment “A turning point in history”
Local elected officials are resigning at an alarming rate amid an angry voice confrontation at a school board meeting. The Electoral Office and the state capitol are enacting legislation to restrict access to ballots. This makes it harder for Americans to vote.
And the Jan. 6 attack on the capitol has led many in Donald Trump’s Republicans to cling to his false claims about the stolen election. undermining confidence in the validity of voting
“Here in the United States We know, like anyone else, to renew our democracy and strengthen our democratic institutions requires constant effort,” Biden said.
In addition to rhetorical The president announced he is launching an initiative to spend up to $424 million on global programming that supports independent media. Anti-corruption work, etc.
Thursday’s video compilation drew backlash from opposing leaders of the United States and other uninvited nations.
Chinese and Russian Ambassadors to the United States has co-authored a paper describing Biden’s administration as showing “Cold War mentality” that will “stimulate ideological confrontation and divisiveness in the world.”
The administration is also faced with careful consideration in deciding which countries to invite. China and Russia were among the uninvited countries.
Other leaders at the summit commented on the state of democracy. which many people recorded in advance It often reflects the stress that technology has developed rapidly in one’s country. They also lament the rise of disinformation campaigns aimed at undermining institutions and elections.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said: “Democratic dialogue is changing.” “New technologies and big tech companies are setting the stage for more democratic dialogue. which sometimes emphasizes accessibility rather than freedom of speech.”
The summit comes as Biden pressures Russia’s Vladimir Putin to back off after a large number of troops at the Ukrainian border raised concerns in Washington and European capitals. including Ukraine Biden on Wednesday said he warned Putin about “serious consequences” if Russia invaded.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who attended the summit on Thursday and later talked on the phone with Biden. said on Twitter that “Democracy is not defined. It must be fought for.”
Andrzej Duda of Poland came out against Russia in his speech. by condemning Moscow and supporting Belarus
Poland and its Western allies accuse Russian ally Belarus of using migrants to destabilize the European Union in response to sanctions against his authoritarian regime. Hundreds of immigrants mostly from the Middle East have flocked to the Belarus-Poland border
Poland “pledged to support democracy in Eastern Europe,” Duda said. but it has its effect It makes us the target of Kremlin propaganda.”
Putin made no public comment at the summit on Thursday. as he participated in a video call with members of the Kremlin Council for Human Rights.
Biden said passing his ambitious domestic agenda at home — the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill he signed into law, as well as $2 trillion. The “Make a Better Act” of social and climate change initiatives going through the Senate — will show how democracy can improve people’s lives.
Some supporters want Biden to focus more on building democracy at home. The first test began on Thursday when the House of Representatives approved the Protecting Our Democracy Act. Third time in three bills Alongside the Freedom of Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which is largely backed by Democrats. All three are expected to be stalled by Republicans in the Senate.
“Here in the United States We know our democracy is not immune from threats,” Vice President Kamala Harris said in a speech closing the first day of the meeting.” we and anti-voter laws that many states have passed. It is part of a deliberate effort to discourage Americans from participating in our democracy.”
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Aid It said in its annual report that the number of countries experiencing democratic betrayal It was “never as high” as it did in the past decade, with the US being added to the list along with India and Brazil.
Chinese officials have raised public criticism of the summit. They also expressed their dissatisfaction with the government inviting Taiwan to join. China claims the self-governing island is part of its territory and opposes its own contact with foreign governments.
Prime Minister Imran Pakistan’s Khan declined to attend the meeting. In a statement issued before the meeting The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said “We value our partnership with the US. We want to expand both at the bilateral level and in terms of regional and international cooperation.”
However, Pakistan’s relationship with the United States Instead, it was filled with doubts on both sides. Islamabad disagrees with Washington’s criticism that Pakistan is not a reliable ally in the war on terror. It accuses Pakistan of providing shelter to the Taliban even as it fights a US-led coalition.
Pakistan says it has lost 70,000 people to its war on terror since 2001 and is ready to be a peaceful ally but not at war.
Other uninvited countries expressed their displeasure.
Hungary, the only uninvited EU member Tried to prevent the president of the European Commission from speaking on behalf of the group at the summit, Biden last year called Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban a “thug”.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Sigjarto saw the summit as a “Domestic political events”, which did not invite countries whose leaders had good ties with Trump.