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Biden: Democratic nations in a race to compete with autocratic governments

EconomyJun 13, 2021 10:35AM ET
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NEWQUAY, England (Reuters) - Western democracies are in a race to compete with autocratic governments, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sunday.

"We're in a contest, not with China per se, ... with autocrats, autocratic governments around the world, as to whether or not democracies can compete with them in a rapidly changing 21st century," Biden told a news conference at the conclusion of a Group of Seven leaders' summit in Britain.

On China specifically, Biden said: "I think you're gonna see just straightforward dealing with China.

"As I've told Xi Jinping myself, I'm not looking for conflict. Where we cooperate, we'll cooperate; where we disagree I'm going to state this frankly, and we are going to respond to actions that are inconsistent."

Biden: Democratic nations in a race to compete with autocratic governments
 

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Lionel Jarlet
Lionel Jarlet Jun 14, 2021 6:23AM ET
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hey Joe, countries sending their military to occupy others cannot be considered as democratic
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jun 13, 2021 3:48PM ET
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Meanwhile conservatives wanna turn the US into an autocratic nation.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Jun 13, 2021 12:26PM ET
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Biden is China #1 asset by how weak he is
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Kaveh Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:14PM ET
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Joe is #. China is very ‘flexible’ they dont play by the rules.
 
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