On Thursday U.S. President Joe Bidden promised a new era for foreign policies. His predecessor, Donald Trump’s policies were more indiscriminating. In his first diplomatic speech as president, he declared ‘America is back’ on the global stage.
Biden signaled aggressive approaches to China and Russia, declared an end to US Support for a Saudi Arabia-let military campaign in Yemen, and urged Myanmar Military to halt their coup.
During his address at the State Department Biden said his administration “will take on directly challenges posed to our prosperity, security and democratic values by our most serious competitor, China.
In his first foreign policy address, he said, “We’ll also confront their economic abuses. But we’re ready to work with Beijing when it’s in America’s interest.”
Biden said,” I want the world to hear a message today: America is back; diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy. American leadership must meet this new moment of advancing authoritarianism, including the growing ambitions of China to rival the United States and the determination of Russia to damage and disrupt our democracy. We must meet the new moment accelerating global challenges from the pandemic to the climate crisis to nuclear proliferation.”
Biden has still not spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the US ties with China remain tense.
President Biden reiterated that America’s allies are among “its greatest assets adding that leading with diplomacy means “engaging our adversaries and our competitors diplomatically.”
He called the recent sentencing of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny “deeply concerning”. He said that Russian President Vladamir Putin’s critic is entitled to his rights under the Russian Constitution.
“He has been targeted for exposing corruption. He should be released immediately and without condition,” he said.
The United States can no longer afford to be absent from the world stage.
President said, “Over the past two weeks, I’ve spoken with the leaders of many of our closest friends — Canada, Mexico, the UK, Germany, France, NATO, Japan, South Korea, and Australia — to begin reforming the habits of cooperation and rebuilding the muscles of democratic alliances that have atrophied from four years of neglect and abuse.”
Biden made several announcements on Thursday. In one of these statements, he stated that he will sign an executive order to restore the US refugee resettlement program, back to 125,000 persons.
Other announcements made by Biden include –
- ordering a freeze on the withdrawal of U.S .troops from Germany
- issuing a memorandum protecting the rights of LGBTQ individuals around the world
- pulling back support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Referencing the January 6 riots that broke out at Capitol Hill during the certification of the electoral votes, Biden said that many of the nation’s values have come under intense pressure in recent years and have “even pushed to the brink in the last few weeks and added that “the American people will emerge from this stronger, more determined, and better equipped to unite the world in fighting to defend democracy – because we have fought for it ourselves.”