President Biden said the world’s annual meeting at the United Nations on Tuesday amid strong new questions about the ability of his predecessor to return the United States to global leadership status after promoting “America First” isolationism. He made his debut speech at a gathering of leaders.
Biden spoke to an unusually small audience as the Covid-19 pandemic was still rampant, against coronaviruses, climate change, new technological threats, and the growing influence of such autonomous states. Called for a new era of global unity. As China and Russia.
“No matter how difficult or complex the problems we face, government by the people and government for the people is still the best way to offer all the people,” he said, in the United States and its west. Allies continue to be important partners.
“I think our security, prosperity, and our freedom are more interrelated than ever before,” Biden said.
He called on the world to harness the power of “our last resort, not our first,” and defended his decision to end the US war in Afghanistan.
“Today, many of our greatest concerns cannot be resolved or even addressed by force,” he said. “Bombs and bullets cannot defend against Covid-19 or its future variants.”
But Mr. Biden’s efforts to move the United States beyond President Donald J. Trump’s more confrontational policies come amid growing frustration among allies for his administration’s diplomatic approach.
Now that the Taliban has once again ruled Kabul and reversed much of the interests of democracy over the last two decades, his well-known refrain that the world must choose between democracy and dictatorship is different. appear. Covid is back in much of the world. And the French remembered their ambassador in anger as it was revealed that they were not in the inner circle of their allies, as well as losing more than $ 60 billion in submarine contracts.
Biden and other leaders are gathered in the context of dire climate change, polarized superpower relations, and a devastating pandemic that has exacerbated the global wealth gap.
The event is a major test of Mr. Biden’s credibility when he first addressed the 193-member General Assembly. Last in the morning session was China’s President Xi Jinping, who booked competing views of the two most powerful countries in the world through pre-recorded video.
The two leaders have announced potentially important steps in addressing climate change. This is a rare moment of common purpose. Mr Biden said he intends to double the US financial contribution to the efforts of developing countries to tackle the climate crisis, and said China will stop raising funds. An overseas coal-fired power generation project that is the main source of heat trapping gas.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was openly upset about the fierce competition between China and the United States and was encouraged by “leaders of the world’s two largest economies on their efforts to combat climate change.”
Nevertheless, the main theme of Mr. Biden’s speech was what he described as the choices the world faces between the democratic values supported by the West and the ignorance of them by China and other authoritarian governments.
“The future belongs to those who give them the ability to breathe freely, not those who try to choke them with iron-handed authoritarianism,” he said. “The world’s authorities are trying to declare the end of the democratic era, but they are wrong.”
But the president says the United States “will compete aggressively and stand up for allies and friends with our values and power” and will not pursue a new era of persistent conflict with countries like China. I swore that.
“We don’t want a new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocks. Again, we don’t want it,” he said.
Climate change and pandemics are also expected to dominate this week, and Biden plans to host a Covid Summit as a bystander to encourage other countries to increase their capacity to produce vaccines for poor countries. Did.
“This year also brought widespread death and devastation from the borderless climate crisis,” Biden said. “The extreme weather we see everywhere in the world shows that you all know and feel it, but the Secretary-General correctly calls it Code Red for humanity. increase.”
Regarding Covid, Biden urged leaders to act faster to curb the pandemic that killed millions.
“We need a collective action of science and political will,” he said. “We now need to shoot our arms as soon as possible, expand access to oxygen, testing and treatment, and act to save lives around the world.”
China’s President Xi Jinping told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that he would stop promoting the growth of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels abroad as a major step in addressing climate change. Overseas thermal power generation project. “
Mr. Xi’s announcement in a pre-recorded statement was a surprising move aimed at raising his country’s position on global efforts to curb global greenhouse gas emissions.
China is currently producing the largest share of emissions. By far the largest coal producing country in the country and by far the largest coal producing country …