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Biden seeks to give democracy a boost with virtual global summit

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Washington (AFP) – US President Joe Biden will gather world leaders in December for a virtual “Summit for Democracy” that is being seen as a challenge to authoritarian China and an alternative to the traditional G20 meeting. Biden is seeking to bring together heads of state with major figures in philanthropy, civil society and the private sector “from a diverse group of the world’s democracies,” the White House said in a statement Wednesday. The gathering from December 9-10 will “galvanize commitments and initiatives across three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting c…

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