US President Joe Biden defended his “vigorous competition” with China on Tuesday, but assured that he is not trying to embark on a conflict with that country, during his first speech to the UN General Assembly.
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“We are not looking for a new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocks,” Biden said without expressly mentioning China.
The UN General Assembly has started its annual debates on Tuesday, with around a hundred international leaders meeting in New York despite the pandemic and with an agenda marked by COVID-19, climate change and the situation in Afghanistan .
“New era of diplomacy”
During his speech, Biden said that the US is ushering in a “new era of diplomacy” after ending “a period of unstoppable war” with the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The president also assured that the world is beginning a “decisive decade” for the future of the planet, which will depend on the ability of countries to “recognize their common humanity” and “act together.”
He has also said that US military power should be “the last resort”, and should not be used to “solve any problem”, and has also argued that such power should be used in “collaboration” with the allies and with a mission “clear and achievable”.
This Monday, before his speech in the General Assembly, the US president proclaimed that his country “has returned” to the United Nations. “The United States has returned. We believe in the United Nations and its values,” Biden said after a meeting with the agency’s secretary general, António Guterres.
Biden has thus shown his differences with his predecessor, Donald Trump (2017-2021), who was always skeptical of the purpose of the United Nations and, in fact, withdrew the United States from the UN Human Rights Council and also from the UNESCO.