On Friday, President Biden once again drew a sharp line between him and the foreign policy pursued by his predecessor, Donald Trump. Biden says he will stop transactional diplomacy and support the victory of democracy over authoritarianism.
The Democratic president, who took the oath of office a month ago, used his first appearance on the global stage to portray America as a multifaceted team player again. This comes after the Trump administration’s four-year-old policy of “America first.”
Speaking at an online security conference in Munich, Biden showed a radical difference from Trump’s transactional foreign policy. President Trump’s policies of terminating global agreements and cutting off defense aid if his line were not followed have infuriated the Allies.
“Our partnership has continued and deepened over the years as it builds on a wealth of common democratic principles. Our partnership is not transactional. It is based on a vision of the future where all voices are important. “I know, I know, that in recent years, our transatlantic relationship has been tested by tensions, but the United States is firmly committed to re-engaging and cooperating with Europe,” Biden said.
Biden told U.S. allies that they must resolutely face future challenges from China, Russia and Iran. Because, he said, Russia was trying to weaken transatlantic ties, while China was pursuing abusive economic practices.
Biden “arrived” in Europe on a virtual “visit” with a special gift – he promised to allocate $ 4 billion to help global vaccination efforts. Also, a return to the Paris Climate Agreement creates the prospect of spending nearly $ 2 trillion, which should boost both the U.S. and the global economy.
Today, via video conference, Biden met for the first time with representatives of the Big Seven – from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan. Officials say President Biden will join the UK-led summit in the summer of this year.
“America is back,” the president told the meeting. The President said that the best way in the world is to show democracy and not autocracy.
“We have to show that it is still possible for people to get democracies. This is our fundamental mission. Democracy is not a random thing. We must protect it, we must strengthen it, we must renew it. We have to prove that our model is not a historical relic, “said President Biden.
Russian and Chinese challenges
The President stressed that the countries of the major market economies and democracies must work together in the face of future challenges from Russia and China. They also need to work together on challenges such as nuclear security, climate change and cybersecurity.
“The United States, committed to NATO, welcomes your investment in military capabilities, which strengthens our common defense. “An attack on one of us is an attack on each of us – this is our unwavering promise,” the president said.
According to the President, Russia has tried to destabilize democracy in the US and Europe. Biden asks the alliance to stand firmly by Washington.
“We must stand up to the Chinese government’s economic evils that undermine the foundations of the international economic system,” he said.
The Biden administration is considering China’s actions on a broad front. These include military direction and trade policy, its actions in Hong Kong, its action against the Uyghurs, and the spread of the coronavirus.