Today News Online Service
New Delhi, February 5
In his first major foreign policy speech, US President Joe Biden made several announcements that marked a sharp departure from the Trump administration. But the plan to push back at China’s aggression along with allies and partners remained in place but without the unbridled hostility that marked the Trump-Mike Pompeo administration.
Can achieve big things together: Beijing
Beijing: China gave a response to US President Joe Biden’s twin policy approach of confrontation with Beijing on challenges it posed and cooperation to further American interests, saying both countries could achieve “big things” together and their common interests far outweighed their differences. PTI
Building on a major review of the Afghan policy and the defence posture of the US armed forces, Biden ordered an end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia for war against Yemen and indicated a hard line against Russia.
Biden saw value in strong alliances to deter Moscow as also China’s “growing ambitions to rival the US”.
“America’s alliances are our greatest asset, and leading with diplomacy means standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies and key partners once again,” he observed.
Biden spent less time on China than Russia. Though Washington will confront China on economic abuses and counter its aggressive, coercive actions, Biden said, “We are ready to work with Beijing when it’s in America’s interest to do so.”
This may be because America’s China policy will also undergo a review. But a constant in the Biden-Harris administration — “the grounding wire of our global policy” — will be defending freedom, upholding universal rights and treating every person with dignity.