In his first major appearance on the world stage, United States President Joe Biden asked his fellow world leaders to demonstrate together that “democracies can still deliver,” as he underscored his administration’s determination to swiftly pass the page on Donald Trump’s “America First” approach. .
Biden, in a virtual address Friday to the annual Munich Security Conference, said it was a critical moment for the world’s democracies “to prove that our model is not a relic of our history.”
“We are in the midst of a fundamental debate about the future direction of our world,” Biden said in the speech just after participating in his first meeting as president with other world leaders of the Group of Seven.
That debate is “between those who argue that given all the challenges we face, from the fourth industrial revolution to a global pandemic, autocracy is the best way forward and those who understand that democracy is essential to meet those challenges,” he added. .
The president of the United States has vowed to repair a relationship between the United States and Europe that had become strained under Trump, who repeatedly questioned the value of historic alliances.
Biden announced that he halted a plan by the Trump administration to withdraw US troops from Germany and limit the number of US forces that can be based there.
“I know that the past few years have strained and tested our transatlantic relationship, but the United States is determined, determined to reengage with Europe, to consult with you, to regain our position of trust and leadership,” said the US president.
Biden also spoke about the economic and national security challenges posed by Russia and China.
Biden said the United States and its transatlantic allies in Europe and Asia “must prepare together for a long-term strategic competition with China,” something he said is among “the most important efforts” that nations will undertake.
Biden said competition with China will be “tough” but added that is what he welcomes. “Because I believe in the global system, Europe and the United States together, with our allies in the Indo-Pacific, worked very hard to build for the past 70 years,” he said.
The US president also said that dealing with “Russian recklessness and hacking on computer networks in the United States and the world has become critical to protecting our collective security.”
He said Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to undermine the transatlantic partnership between the United States and Europe and threaten the NATO alliance.
“It is not about pitting East against West. It is not about us wanting to conflict. We want a future where all nations can freely determine their own path without a threat of violence or coercion,” Biden said.
Joe Biden said the United States is committed to working with its transatlantic partners in Afghanistan and defeating the Islamic State Group.
He made his speech to a global audience when his administration began to reverse the policies of the Trump administration.
The United States is ready to meet with talks on re-entry of the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran abandoned by its predecessor, the president said.
The Biden administration announced on Thursday its desire to re-engage Iran, and took action at the United Nations with the aim of restoring the policy to what it was before President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018.
One of Biden’s first executive orders was to reverse Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017.
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