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PENTAGON, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — A senior official of the Biden administration has revealed that United States president Joseph Biden has sought to rally global democracies and America’s European allies to work together in addressing a range of concerns regarding the People’s Republic of China.
However, the senior official added that in his ‘virtual visit’ to Europe, the US president had insisted that he is not looking for a “new Cold War” similar to what was experienced between the US and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in the 60s to the 80s, but wanted to reestablish America as a multilateral team partner of other democratic countries across the globe.
According to the Pentagon official, in his desire to address concerns about the PROC’s expansionist policies, the Irish-American Democratic president, who has sworn in only about a month ago, had revisited America’s global stand as opposed to the divisive ‘America First’ policies pursued by his predecessor, Republican Donald Trump.
The official said that Biden presented himself in the virtual visit’ bearing gifts—a US$4 billion pledge of support for global coronavirus vaccination efforts, the re-entry of America into the Paris climate accord and the prospect of a nearly US$2 trillion spending measure that could bolster both the US and global economies.
“Biden met at 9 in the morning (1400 GMT) with G7 leaders from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan by video conference, but plans to join them for an in-person summit hosted by the UK this summer,” he added.
This was followed by an online session of the Munich Security Conference, which often draws top global leaders and where several years ago as a private citizen Biden reassured participants rattled by the Trump presidency: “We will be back.”
Biden underscored those democracies, not autocracies, offer the best path forward for the world, after the January 6 siege of the US Capitol by pro-Trump rioters made clear that democracy was fragile.
“He (Biden) made a strong, confident case that democracy is the best model for meeting the challenges of our time,” the official said further, stressing that “democracy doesn’t happen by accident (and) we need to fight for it.”
Biden drove home his view that major market economies and democracies must work together to tackle challenges posed by great-power competitors like Russia and China, as well as transnational challenges, ranging from nuclear proliferation to climate change and cybersecurity, the official said.
The U.S. president spoke specifically about ‘malign’ and concerted action he believes Russia has taken to destabilize and undermine democracy in the US and Europe and elsewhere, calling on allies to stand firm with Washington.
Regarding China, which said to be the world’s second-largest economy, Biden urged democracies to work together to push back against practices and policies of the Chinese government that he described as “economically abusive and . . . counter to (democratic) values.”
The Biden White House is reviewing China policy across an array of fronts, including its military buildup and trade policies, its actions in Hong Kong, treatment of minority Uighurs in Xinjiang and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
“The President made clear in his speech that he’s not looking for confrontation and he’s not looking for a new Cold War, but he’s expecting stiff competition and he welcomes it,” the Pentagon official said.
As a final word, Biden urged other G7 leaders to continue to invest heavily in their economies to foster and accelerate economic growth.
“The fear is not that we do too much, it’s that we do too little. This is an era for action and investment and not for austerity and that will be an important part of the message,” he concluded. (AI/MTVN)