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US President Biden has to contend with credibility gap when championing democracy abroad

Mr Biden is also aware of the international scepticism that now greets American claims of advancing democracy.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON - In his first foreign policy speech on Thursday (Feb 4), United States President Joe Biden made clear that America once again wants to be a shining city on the hill, and a determined champion of democracy and moral leadership around the world.

But he was also aware of the international scepticism that now greets American claims of advancing democracy, after four years of what political scientists have described as democratic backsliding under previous president Donald Trump.

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