Caught between allies

Biden visiting the Raj Ghat memorial with Modi and other G20 leaders in New Delhi. — ©2023 The New York Times Company

AFTER promising to “defend democracy”, US President Joe Biden brought up India and Saudi Arabia during a recent round of meetings at the United Nations – not to raise concerns about repression by either, but to hail them for helping establish a new economic corridor.

“I think it’s a big deal,” he said.

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