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The Group of Seven meeting in Cornwall may well be a turning point in the democratic push back against China’s competing brand of assertive authoritarianism.

Having the US, Japan and the big European democracies on board will provide much needed moral and practical support for Scott Morrison’s determination to resist Beijing’s economic and diplomatic coercion.

True to his word, US President Joe Biden has begun the process of bringing together a coalition of like-minded countries. His aim is to rejuvenate the democracies, underline their shared values, restore US leadership and strengthen US competi­tiveness in the contest with China to define the rules and values of the emerging world order. Achieving these ambitious goals won’t be easy.

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