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Asia's wise heads are wrong to dismiss Biden's big idea

President-elect's democracy push is worth considering

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Biden has suggested three agenda items for his summit: fighting corruption, anti-authoritarianism, and human rights.   © Reuters

James Crabtree is an associate professor in practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is author of "The Billionaire Raj."

Joe Biden's inauguration is still more than a month away, but his big foreign policy idea is already being pronounced dead on arrival. "During my first year in office, the United States will organize and host a global Summit for Democracy to renew the spirit and shared purpose of the nations of the free world," the U.S. President-elect wrote last year. Across Asia wise heads have shaken, dubbing his plan naive or unworkable.

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