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Unity or division? Biden's democracy push a risky gambit

Income disparity and pandemic fuel global authoritarian tide

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to leaders from democratic nations during the Summit for Democracy on Dec. 9. "Democracy doesn’t happen by accident," he said that day.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The inaugural Summit for Democracy hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden marks an unprecedented attempt to bring together countries committed to values like liberty and human rights.

But the two-day gathering, attended by representatives from roughly 100 countries and regions, could also end up deepening the divide between democracies and authoritarian nations like China and Russia.

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