There is a view liberal democracy is in its twilight years and this weekend’s gathering of the Group of Seven industrialised economies – with Australia, South Korea, and India also invited – could be little more than a heroic last stand by the so-called Democratic 10, or D10.
According to this perspective, Scott Morrison landing in Britain to rally democracies to resist coercion and preserve freedom is a fool’s errand and will needlessly provoke China. Why will he not accept the tide of history has changed and is washing away liberal practices in its wake?
The record shows arguments about inevitability are almost always wrong. That China is powerful is undeniable.
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