(United Nations) Joe Biden assured the UN on Tuesday that it did not want a “new Cold War” with China, and defended its alliance with multilateralism in the face of European allies.
“We do not want a new Cold War or a world divided into severe divisions,” he said in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly.
However, he warned that the United States would “actively participate” in the “competition” without naming the enemy directly.
President Biden pledged to “defend democracy” and its “allies” and “oppose the efforts of strong nations to dominate weak nations.”
His speech in the famous New York Tribune of the United Nations during the day, with a pre-recorded video of Chinese President Xi Jinping, involved a long-distance confrontation between the two powers.
Prior to the exchange, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres invited Washington and Beijing to a “conversation”.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also condemned the United States’ “extreme conflict orientation” in the conflict on Monday, believing that Europeans should defend an “alternative model”.
Beijing is also competing with the idea of a new Cold War, such as the defeat of the United States against the Soviet Union in the second half of the 20th century. But this is the only point of unification in the context of the intense tension between the two countries.
According to Richard Cowan of the International Crisis Group, a conflict prevention organization, Biden “handled China’s question wisely, without naming it”, but “by multiplying references to Chinese wrongdoing.”
Republican Nicki Haley, a former ambassador to former President Donald Trump’s UN, saw the Democrats as “ignoring the realities and seriousness of America’s threats and adversaries.”
The Global Diplomatic Meeting, which begins Tuesday and will last a week, is particularly eagerly awaited this year after last year’s virtual edition.
Joe Biden used his speech at the Multilateral Temple to highlight the United States’ “return” as a credible partner to its allies during the Trump era.
“Over the past eight months, I have made it a priority to rebuild our alliances,” he pleaded.
As a testament to his contribution to the public good, he pledged to “double” Washington’s international financial efforts against climate change and announced future “new commitments” against the Govt-19 epidemic.
After all, he promised to open a “diplomatic era” after the end of the war in Afghanistan.
The apparent crisis with France
But the withdrawal from Afghanistan ended in chaos in several European countries at the end of August, and then the apparent crisis with France over the submarine affair that erupted last week, completely cutting off his message.
Paris pleaded not guilty in the US announcement on September 15 of a security agreement concluded with Australia and the United Kingdom to deal with Beijing, dubbed AUKUS. This new partnership set fire to the Atlantic dust because it was done behind the backs of the French who lost the great contract for submarines commanded by Canberra.
During a meeting in New York, President Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison sought to reassure other allies that their agreement would be “extended”.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian once again denounced it as a “breach of trust”, which was strengthened by the “unity” of the European Union.
Symptoms of persistent tension: In the New York hemicycle, France was the least represented during Joe Biden’s speech, and indicated that a telephone interview between French President Emmanuel Macron and his American colleague would be the target this weekend. “Clarification” rather than “reconciliation”.
Among other speakers on Tuesday, the new Iranian president, Ibrahim Razi, did not elaborate on his intentions during his international inauguration.
He said he was in favor of resuming negotiations to defend Iran’s nuclear deal, which had been interrupted since his election in June, but insisted that their “ultimate goal” was to “remove all repressive sanctions.”
Joe Biden has reiterated that he is ready to return to the deal that Donald Trump left if Tehran returns to the nuclear sanctions that Iran has liberated.
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