Joe Biden delivered his first address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, on Sept. 21.
The president discussed ending the war in Afghanistan, tense relations with China that promise a “new era of relentless diplomacy,” and leading the fight against so-called climate change.
Biden addressed leaders from around the world for nearly 40 minutes and stressed his administration is different to the previous Donald Trump administration. The White House now has a globalist agenda and intends to lead on the international stage in fighting climate change and pursuing democracy in other countries.
After receiving harsh criticism from both the political opposition and European leaders for the tumultuous military withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden celebrated the move as an achievement. He assured the Middle Eastern country is already embarking on a new peaceful strategy.
“We have ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan and, as we close this period of relentless war, we are opening a new era of relentless diplomacy,” he said in a statement. “[We are] using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world, of renewing and defending democracy, of proving that … government by and for the people is still the best way to deliver for all of our people.”
The Democrat indirectly informed his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, his administration does not want armed conflict and the door is open to negotiation.
“We are not seeking the new Cold War or the world divided into rigid blocks,” he said. “The United States is ready to work with any nation that steps up and pursues peaceful resolution to shared challenges, even if we have intense disagreements in other areas–because we will all suffer the consequences of our failure, if we do not come together to address the urgent threats like COVID-19 and climate change or enduring threats like nuclear proliferation.”
He also indirectly mentioned the genocide of the Uighur native people in Xinjiang province. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is believed to be holding hundreds of thousands in concentration camps and forcing them into slave labor. This has been a topic of friction between the two nations since the Biden administration reaffirmed the CCP is committing “genocide.”
“We all must call out and condemn the targeting and oppression of racial, ethnic and religious minorities,” he said.
The United States will continue to defend itself and allies against “threats” but places more emphasis on negotiating and seeking peaceful solutions to problems that cannot be solved by war.
“U.S. military power must be our tool of last resort, not our first and should not be used as an answer to every problem we see around the world,” Biden said. “Many of our greatest concerns cannot be solved or even addressed through the force of arms. Bombs and bullets cannot defend against COVID-19 or its future variants.”
$20 billion to fight ‘climate change’
The president will ask U.S. Congress to double public climate funding to about $11 billion a year. He will also aim to reduce methane gas emissions by 30 percent no later than the year 2030, and 100 percent by 2050.
“The United States will double our public international financing to help developing nations tackle the climate crisis,” he said. “I am proud to announce that we will work with the Congress to double that number again, including for adaptation efforts.”
He made the remarks after his presidential approval rating hit at an all-time low. Only 46.3 percent of Americans approve of his administration.
The Biden administration faces a big challenge to rebuild its image after historically high inflation, Islamic State terrorists killed 13 U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan, and migrants overwhelmed the U.S.-Mexico border.