‘Perfection of Dictatorship’: Fears of China’s Technology Dominate the Democratic Debate

By: Grady McGregor

As partisan battles rage in Washington, the notion that the U.S. needs to combat China—and its technological prowess—seems a uniquely unifying idea.                                                                                                                  

At the democratic debate on Thursday night, the winnowed field of seven democratic candidates hardened their tone on China. While previous debates have fielded questions on Trump’s trade war with China, Thursday’s discussion appeared to accept as a given the idea that the U.S. needs to move beyond the trade war and confront China on its human rights issues and growing technological clout.

This was put most succinctly a few minutes into the debate, when moderator Judy Woodruff asked former Mayor of South Bend, Ind. Pete Buttigieg if he would consider, as president, boycotting the upcoming China’s 2022 Winter Olympics over the country’s handling of human rights issues. (This discussion was cut out from broadcasts in China.)

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