Democracy is a means, not an end. It is a means to bring good life to all citizens. Democracy should not exist just in form and it has to be substantive.
Washington must drop the idea that US democracy summits and various ad hoc coalitions can replace the United Nations as the core institution of the present international system.
I can only say that China, for all its challenges and complexities, is also an extraordinary teacher. That is, of course, if one is willing to learn!
The fact that President Xi and President Biden were forced to discuss ways of avoiding conflict underscores the perilous state of China-US relations.
The dangers of miscalculation in this already tense region are multiplied when spy missions are apparently undertaken inside national territorial waters.
Despite many ups and downs since the early 1970s, the U.S. and China have benefited immensely from the political, economic and cultural interactions between the two nations.
Realistically, trust building will take a very long time and much concrete action given the present morass in relations. But it is wise and prudent to begin such a path and the Xi-Biden virtual summit can certainly be a starting point for renewed effort.
Although some frictions emerged from the thorny border issue occasionally, the canvas of the multi-hued bilateral relationship between them should be enhanced in all areas, especially in the fields of trade, economy and technology, and of course, people-to-people relations in order to make bilateral relations better, brighter and stronger.