Joe Biden: I Welcome Stiff Global Competition from China

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"I thought it was motherhood and apple pie for the transatlantic relationship, which is not a bad thing", he told Fox News.

Joe Biden will attend his first meeting as USA president with Group of Seven leaders on Friday (19 February) to discuss plans to defeat the novel coronavirus, reopen the battered world economy and counter the challenge posed by China.

"Welcome back, America", said European Council President Charles Michel, effectively summing up the mood of the Munich conference.

Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation think tank, said: "Boris Johnson is emerging as the most powerful leader in Europe on the world stage, eclipsing Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel". Populism has grown through much of Europe.

"I'm sending a clear message to the world: America is back".

German chancellor Angela Merkel said the U.S. and Europe need a "joint agenda" on China, while warning that their interests would not always converge.

Biden is well aware that on neither side of the Atlantic are citizens longing for restoration of an - arguably illusory - Western order in which the United States led, materially as well as morally, and Europe followed.

Biden said his administration strongly supports the diplomatic processes underway and to bring an end to this war that is closing out 20 years. "The partnership between Europe and the United States.must remain the cornerstone of all that we hope to accomplish in the 21st century", he further said.

This year, Biden's speech could not have been more different.

Biden's administration had said Thursday it was ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal. The Biden administration announced Thursday its desire to reengage Iran, and it took action at the United Nations aimed at restoring policy to what it was before President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018.

Biden also spoke about investing in other global programs for public health.

Sullivan has been advising Biden to create "a position of strength" by teaming up with European allies to face the challenges posed by China and Russian Federation.

Biden emphasized that major market economies and democracies must work together to tackle challenges posed by great-power competitors like Russian Federation and China, and challenges ranging from nuclear proliferation to climate change and cybersecurity.

His message underscored the argument that democracies, not autocracies, are models of governance that can best meet the challenges of the moment.

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Biden told his European allies that they must collectively demonstrate that democracy can still deliver for people in this changed world.

Biden will arrive bearing gifts - a $4 billion pledge of support for global coronavirus vaccination efforts, the re-entry of the United States into the Paris climate accord and the prospect of a almost $2 trillion spending measure that could bolster both the us and global economies. Biden has pledged to re-enter worldwide agreements and institutions such as the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. Trump announced in June 2017 that he was pulling the USA out of the landmark accord, arguing that it would undermine the American economy.

This echoed Biden's own declaration that "the trans-Atlantic alliance is back", and hinted at a new direction of global relations, under which the US and its European allies align their foreign policies to adapt to the new realities, including a gravitational shift toward Asia. He has said that he will bake considerations about climate change into every major domestic and foreign policy decision his administration faces.

"As leaders, we will consult with each other on collective approaches to address non-market-oriented policies and practices, and we will cooperate with others to address important global issues that impact all countries", it said.

"We must also address Iran's destabilising activities across the Middle East, and we're going to work in close cooperation with our European and other partners as we proceed".

Trump had withdrawn the US from World Health Organization and refused to join more than 190 countries in the COVAX program.

Adam Shaw is a reporter covering USA and European politics for Fox News.

It remains to be seen how G-7 allies will take Biden's calls for greater global cooperation on vaccine distribution given that the us refused to take part in the initiative under Trump and that there are growing calls for the Democrat's administration to distribute some USA -manufactured vaccine supplies overseas.

"The range of challenges the USA and Europe must take on together is broad and complex", Biden said, noting he was eager to listen to Merkel and Macron's speeches.

Biden, who announced last week that the US will have enough vaccine by the end of July to inoculate 300 million people, remains focused for now on making sure every American is vaccinated, administration officials say.

Macron said that the USA for decades had been "totally focused" on Europe that but this had changed with the rising importance of Asia.

On coronavirus vaccines, Biden pledged an additional $2 billion to the COVAX global vaccine-access initiative, a vow that comes as wealthy nations have faced criticism for not helping to deploy coronavirus vaccines faster in the developing world.

Allies were listening closely to what Biden had to say about a looming crisis with Iran.

Iran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency this week that it would suspend voluntary implementation next week of a provision in the 2015 deal that allowed United Nations nuclear monitors to conduct inspections of undeclared sites in Iran at short notice unless the USA rolled back sanctions by February 23.

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