Biden defines his underlying challenge with China: ‘Prove democracy works’ | The New Daily

President Joe Biden speaks at the White House in Washington, March, 25 2021. At his news conference on Thursday, the president provided a revealing look into how he viewed the threat from Beijing.

“This is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies,” he told reporters at his first news conference as president. “We’ve got to prove democracy works.”

Among the biggest tasks of his presidency, Biden seemed to be arguing, is to prove anew to a skeptical world that both American democracy and its model of democratic capitalism still works – and that it is superior to the very different system Xi is ruthlessly enforcing at home as he tries to extend China’s influence around the world.

Biden defines his underlying challenge with China: ‘Prove democracy works’ | The New Daily