President Joe Biden talks about foreign policy at the State Department on Thursday, February 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Ivan Wucy)
New York, February 5 (IANS): In his foreign policy speech setting the agenda, US President Joe Biden has made China the main enemy of the United States, but failed to mention the Indo-Pacific region or India in confronting it.
“The United States will face directly the challenges posed to our prosperity, security and democratic values by our most serious rival, China,” Biden said in a statement to the Foreign Office on Thursday.
Challenging Beijing, he declared: “We will confront China’s economic abuse, its aggressive and coercive action, to repel China’s attack on human rights, intellectual property and global sovereignty.
“The U.S. leadership must meet this new moment to advance the dictatorship, including China’s growing aspirations against the United States.”
The strong language was a turning point from his global past as senator and vice president, and campaign statements such as “Are they not competing with us” and “Is China going to eat our lunch? Come on, man”.
He did not lay down a definite plan in his speech to accept the Chinese challenge, but spoke in public.
“We will compete from a position of strength by building better at home, working with our partners and associates, renewing our role in international organizations and restoring our credibility and moral authority, many of which have been lost.
“But we are ready to work in Beijing in the interest of the United States,” Biden added.
His predecessor, Donald Trump, had booked the Indo-Pacific region as the main arena of conflict, the Quad – the center of his strategy on China with the United States, India, Japan and Australia – as a growing force there, provided by Washington and New Delhi.
When Biden talks about Indo-Pacific or allies, he does not mention Quad or India.
But he noted his conversations with the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia in the region, “to rebuild the muscle of the democratic coalition that has been neglected for the past few years.”
Biden has not yet spoken to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
However, two foreign policy leaders in his administration, including Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, have spoken of the importance of the Indo-Pacific and India.
Indian External Affairs Minister S. In talks with Jaisankar, Blinken “underscored India’s role as a key US partner in the Indo-Pacific region,” the State Department said.
When Sullivan called on his Indian rival, Ajit Doval, the White House said they talked about “continuing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and enhancing regional security.”
Biden listed climate change and Russia as his other global adversaries.
He said he was “coordinating climate objectives throughout our diplomacy” and raising targets to reduce carbon emissions so that “we can challenge other countries and other major emitters.”
“The United States must deal with Russia’s determination to damage and destabilize our democracy, and its” aggressive actions – interfering in our elections, cyber attacks, poisoning its citizens – are over. We will not hesitate to raise the cost of Russia and protect our core interests and our people, “he said. .
In Europe, Biden said the United States would suspend the withdrawal of 12,000 troops from Trump-ordered Germany.
The obvious flaws in his speech were Israel, with which Trump had already strengthened close ties; Afghanistan is a rock-bottom peace process between the United States, the Taliban and the elected government in Kabul and Iraq, which the United States and its allies invaded with the support of Biden.
Trump also ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Biden said Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin would “lead the global posture review of our forces so that our military footprint is properly aligned with our foreign policy and national security priorities.”
Promoting democracy is a knit theme in his speech.
He said the United States should “mobilize the nations of the world to defend democracy on a global scale and reverse the progress of dictatorship.”
During his campaign, although he was critical of Trump’s “America First” policies, Biden presented his own view of America’s primacy, which sets the agenda for the world’s world power.
But in a big change, he said, it would only be achieved through cooperation and diplomacy with other countries.