Biden declares US-transatlantic alliance 'back'


He has since vowed to return the USA to the world stage and reclaim its leadership role that was forsaken by Trump as he had sought to pursue an America-first agenda.

The US president will speak specifically about "malign" and concerted action he believes Russian Federation has taken to destabilize and undermine democracy in the United States and Europe and elsewhere, and will call on allies to stand firm with Washington, the official said.

"We have learned actually over the course of the past four years, that democracy, as he will put it, doesn't happen by accident - that we have to work at it, that we need to fight for it", the official said.

Biden has participated in the Munich Security Conference several times as a senator, vice president and most recently as a private citizen. "He wants to undermine the transatlantic unity and our resolve", said Biden.

Here, he drew a stark difference with the more transactional foreign policy practised by Trump, who angered allies by breaking off global accords and threatening to end defense assistance unless they toed his line. A year earlier, the audience was similarly jarred after a speech by Vice President Mike Pence that some participants said would have been more appropriately delivered at a Trump campaign rally.

"We have heard many nice words and promises, which in practice have been broken and opposite actions have been taken", Khamenei stated.

"It comes down to this", he declared.

Biden said he was not seeking a return to "the rigid blocs of the Cold War", insisting that the global community must work together on issues like the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, even where deep disagreements exist on other issues. Biden never named his predecessor, Donald Trump, in his remarks, but framed them around wiping out the traces of Trumpism in the United States' approach to the world. But unlike Trump - who berated allies for not spending more on their militaries, expressed affinity for dictators and generally sowed unease on almost all of his trips overseas - Biden offered only steadfast reassurance.

This echoed Biden's own declaration that "the trans-Atlantic alliance is back", and hinted at a new direction of worldwide 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. "That's what I expect, and that's what I welcome", he said.

"And if we work together with our democratic partners, with strength and confidence, I know that we will meet every challenge and outpace every challenger", Biden is expected to say.

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Invoking the collective defense clause of the NATO treaty, Biden said: "We'll keep faith with Article 5".

He added that the EU should not be "dependent" on the U.S. for security, adding: "The EU and its key member states have to be part of the solution of their own security". "That is our unshakeable vow", he said.

"The E3 and the United States are united in underlining the unsafe nature of a decision to limit IAEA access, and urge Iran to consider the consequences of such grave action, particularly at this time of renewed diplomatic opportunity", read a joint statement. Biden also halted plans to remove 12,000 troops from Germany, which Trump had proposed in part to punish the country for not spending enough on its military. USA and European companies are required to publicly disclosed corporate governance structure-to corporate governance structures and abide by rules to deter corruption in monopolistic practices, he said.

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".

"In close cooperation with Gavi, this additional $2 billion in funding will serve to expand Covax's reach", the White House note said.

Biden also urged European allies to join together to confront strong political and economic challenges from China.

"You know, we must prepare together for long-term strategic competition with China", he said.

Brookings Institution senior fellow Tom Wright observed on Twitter that Dr Merkel mentioned competition with China only in passing and generally avoided the democracy versus autocracy concept.

"We have to push back against the Chinese government's economic abuses and coercion that undercut the foundation of the worldwide economic system", he said.

Allies' skepticism about US reliability, reflecting its concern that Biden's successors could return to a nationalist path, were evident Thursday in remarks from French President Emmanuel Macron.