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The Exchange

The Exchange - Special Report on China-U.S. Debate on Democracy

2021-12-13
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  • The Summit for Democracy last week has evoked the latest battle of narratives on "democracy" between China and the U.S. Days before the summit, Beijing released a whitepaper defending China's Democracy and a report highlighting the dysfunction of democracy in the United States. Aside from the governmental efforts, the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China (RDCY) published a report on ten questions for American democracy, in which the think tank urges Washington to "ask itself" when organizing the event.
  • The Summit, which aims to "set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action", was attended by leaders from government, the private sector, and civil society that are seen as ideological allies of the U.S. Audrey Tang, the top digital official in Taiwan gave a speech on the last day of the event while Beijing politicians were not invited. The Chinese government has issued harsh criticism against the event.
  • In this issue, we would like to briefly introduce the main arguments of both sides on democracy and try to explore a way for more constructive communication over the issue.

Read the full version here.

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