The United States President Biden drew Friday a sharp contrast with the U.S. foreign policy of his much-derided predecessor, Trump, and urged democracies to challenge abuses by autocratic states such as Russia and China.
Joe Biden pledged to a packed-in crowd at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof when he addressed the Munich Security Conference in 2019. At the Munich Security Conferences, as a private citizen, Joe Biden reassured the participants, telling them that ‘We will be back.’ On Friday, he said in the virtual meeting that ‘I am the man of my word, America is back.’
Joe Biden in the Munich Security Conference said he knows the past few years have strained and examined their transatlantic relationship. Still, the U.S. determines to re-engage with Europe, consult Europe, and earn back its trusted leadership position. On Friday, Joe Biden made good.
In Biden’s first significant presence as President on the global stage, an online virtual visit to Europe, he sought to reestablish America as a multilateral team-player after four-years of divisive “America First” policies under Donald Trump.
In contrast with his predecessor, Mr. Biden took Russia to task for its destabilizing goings-on in cyberspace, accusing the nation’s leader of trying to destabilize Europe.
Video conference with Top World Economies
Earlier on Friday, a senior government official said that the message of collaboration echoed his statement during a private video conference with the Group of Seven economic giants, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, and Japan.
U.S. President Joe Biden plans to join G7 members for an in-person summit hosted by the U.K. this summer.
The G7 nations, who control around half of the world economy, sought at their meeting to look beyond the coronavirus pandemic toward rebuilding their economies with free trade.
He said American allies must hold firm against the challenges posed by Iran, China, and Russia, saying Russia was looking to make weak the transatlantic alliance and calling for unity to counter what he called ‘China’s abusive economic practices.’
Joe Biden said American partnerships had endured and grown over the years because they were rooted in the richness of their common democratic values. Moreover, those values are neither transactional nor extractive. They are built on a vision of the future where every voice matters.
Biden said, ‘the Moscow Kremlin attacks their democracies and weaponizes corruption to try to undermine their system of governance.’ Moreover, he told Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to make weaker the European project and their NATO alliance. Biden said he wants to undermine their transatlantic unity and their resolve. The Moscow Kremlin has repeatedly denied any such movement.
Biden: Top Economies work together to tackle global challenges
Mr. Biden emphasized what he described America’s ‘unshakeable’ commitment to the thirty-member NATO alliance, marking another switch from Mr. Trump, who called NATO outdated and even proposed at one point that the United States could withdraw from the coalition.
Joe Biden also arrived bearing gifts. A four-billion-dollar pledge of support for global Covid-19 inoculation efforts, the re-entry of the U.S. into the Paris climate accord. Moreover, gifts included the prospect of a nearly 2 trillion-dollar spending measure that could support both America and world economies.
The U.S. president said top market economies and democracies must work together to tackle challenges posed by great-power competitors like China and Russia and hurdles ranging from nuclear proliferation to climate change and cybersecurity.
Mr. Biden took particular aim at the world’s second-largest economy, China, and its failure to abide by international standards, arguing that democracies must figure the rules to govern the advance of new technologies such as artificial intelligence.
He added that Chinese firms should undergo the same standards that applied to European and American companies.
The U.S. administration is reviewing China’s policy on all fronts, including its trade policies and military buildup, treatment of minority Uighurs in Xinjiang, its actions in Hong Kong, and its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mr. Biden said the U.S. looked forward to re-engaging in diplomacy on the challenge posed by Iran’s nuclear program amid efforts to revive the Iran nuclear agreement that Donald Trump abandoned.