Reading Between the Lines of Biden’s and Xi’s U.N. Speeches

Xi paid lip service to democracy while gaslighting the U.S., while Biden called out authoritarianism without mentioning China’s treatment of Hong Kong or Taiwan.

This week, President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping spoke in front of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. In this era of so-called great power competition between their two nations, it is useful to compare their arguments and rhetoric. 

Xi, in accordance with usual style, spoke in f…

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