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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Biden in UN speech says US ‘not seeking’ new Cold War with China, military must be ‘tool of last resort’

President Biden, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly since taking office, told his international peers that they “stand at an inflection point in history,” calling it a “decisive decade” for the world in which the United States intends to “lead on all of the greatest challenges of our time,” while maintaining his commitments to allies and partners.

The president began his address by saying the world is at “a moment intermingled with great pain,” but “extraordinary possibility,” calling it a “dawning of what must be a decisive decade for our world” – a decade that “will quite literally determine our futures.”

Biden addressed a number of shared global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, emerging technologies and climate change.

“We are not seeking the new Cold War, or the world divided into rigid blocks,” the president said. “The United States is ready to work with any nation that steps up, that pursues peaceful resolution to shared challenges, even if we have intense disagreement to shared challenges, because we will all suffer the consequences of our failures if we don’t come together to tackle COVID-19, climate change or threats like nuclear proliferation. [see the ful article]

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