ANALYSIS | The awesome stakes of Joe Biden’s presidency
Not since 1945 has more rested on a new US leader
The current militarisation of downtown Washington is a propaganda gift to autocrats everywhere. This, they will say of the khaki vans and camouflaged guards, is where liberalism ends: civil strife; a besieged state.
The grimmest thing about the show of strength is that it is probably warranted.
It is not as if the world’s authoritarians need the reputational boost. New data confirm that China’s economy did more than merely avoid recession last year. Its Covid-19 vaccines have takers from Indonesia to Hungary via the Gulf, neatly inverting the Sino-Soviet split of the 1970s. Beijing has struck an investment deal with the EU. Those sounds you hear are the first notes of transatlantic discord over the emergent superpower. Such is the world that confronts Joe Biden as he takes office on Wednesday...