By undermining American democracy, China can “exploit our weakness,” warn liberal scholars

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Americans doubting American democracy gives China an advantage and allows the authoritarian regime to “exploit our weakness,” said a liberal scholar who stressed that his fellow liberals should not hesitate to criticize Beijing’s totalitarianism.

“There is a danger that if we lose faith in our own democracy, we will not be able to live up to our own democratic ideals abroad, especially in the face of authoritarian regimes like China and Russia,” said Shadi Hamid, a Brookings Senior Fellow of the institute, TBEN News told .

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Hamid, who recently published the book “The Problem of Democracy,” said the country’s shortcomings should not be a reason to doubt the American idea.

“If we destroy ourselves more and if we as Americans are not even willing to stand up for the idea of ​​democracy because of what is happening at home, then that gives countries like China an advantage,” Hamid told TBEN News. “They can exploit our weakness in that regard.”

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Hamid also stressed that none of the shortcomings liberals accuse America of — such as racism or economic inequality — put the country on the same footing as China.

“No, we are still a democracy, flawed as we may be,” said Hamid, who identifies as a liberal. “China is essentially a totalitarian state with increasingly one-man rule, and we should be able to say that openly and honestly without all the hand-wringing that people on my side sometimes indulge in.”

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Isabelle McDonnell contributed to the accompanying video.