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Biden Hails Democracies’ Values at Summit Snubbing Russia, China

  • President speaks at virtual democracy-promotion summit
  • U.S. to announce penalties against alleged human rights abuses
President Joe Biden speaks during the virtual Summit for Democracy on Dec. 9.
President Joe Biden speaks during the virtual Summit for Democracy on Dec. 9.Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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President Joe Biden warned of the need to vigilantly protect democratic values at the start of a two-day summit that has stoked tensions with China and Russia and comes as the U.S. plans to announce additional human rights-related sanctions Thursday. 

“Democracy needs champions,” Biden told attendees at the virtual gathering of world leaders, dubbed the Summit for Democracy.