Joe Biden Promises Relentless Diplomacy And Defence Of Democracy At The United Nations
Joe Biden arrived at the United Nations under fire at home and abroad over the United States shambolic exit from Afghanistan.
Despite China's rise, US President Joe Biden outlined a new age of fierce competition without a new Cold War in his first UN address on Tuesday, stressing military prudence and a strong battle against climate change. Biden told the United Nations General Assembly that the US will assist in the resolution of issues ranging from Iran to the Korean Peninsula to Ethiopia.
The world faces a "decisive decade," Biden said, one in which leaders must work together to combat a raging coronavirus pandemic, global climate change and cyber threats. He said the United States will double its financial commitment to climate aid and spend $10 billion to fight hunger. Biden did not use the terms "China" or "Beijing" in his speech, but he did make several oblique references to America's increasingly powerful authoritarian rival in the Indo-Pacific, as well as on trade and human rights problems.
He stated that the US will compete aggressively both economically and in terms of promoting democratic institutions and the rule of law. "We'll defend our allies and friends and stand up to powerful countries' attempts to subjugate smaller countries, whether via force, economic pressure, technical exploitation, or disinformation." But we're not seeking - I'll say it again - we are not seeking a new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocs," Biden said.
Biden came to the United Nations facing criticism at home and abroad for a chaotic U.S withdrawal from Afghanistan that left some Americans and Afghan allies still in that country and struggling to get out. His vow for allied unity is being tested by a three-way agreement among the United States, Australia and Britain that undermined a French submarine deal and left France feeling stabbed in the back. "We've ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan and as we close this era of relentless war, we're opening a new era of relentless diplomacy," Biden said.
Biden promised to defend essential US national interests, but added that he would do so with caution "The objective must be clear and attainable, and the military of the United States "must not be utilised as a solution to every crisis we see across the world."
"After four years of "America First" policies pursued by his Republican predecessor Donald Trump, Biden, a Democrat, hoped to present a compelling case that the United States remains a reliable ally to its partners around the world. Overcoming global challenges "will hinge on our ability to recognise our common humanity," he said "Biden stated the following.
Biden also stated that he remained dedicated to settling the conflict with Iran over its nuclear programme through peaceful means. He promised to defend America's friend Israel but said that a two-state solution with the Palestinians is still essential but a long way off. He stated that the US seeks "persistent diplomacy" to settle the problem around North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. North Korea has turned down US invitations to negotiate.
Biden singled out China's Xinjiang province, where rights groups believe that one million Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have been imprisoned in camps when discussing mistreatment of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities. In response to Biden's remark abiang, China's UN mission told Reuters: "It's enti groundless."We totally reject. The U.S should pay more attention to its own human rights problems." U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who takes office on January 1 for a second five-year term, has already warned of the dangers of the widening gap between China and the United States, the world's two largest economies.
"I am concerned that our world is drifting toward two sets of economic, trade, financial, and technological regulations, two diverging approaches to artificial intelligence development - and, ultimately, two separate military and geopolitical policies," Guterres warned."This is a formula for disaster," Guterres said, adding that it would be "much less predictable" than the Cold War.