Biden Says U.S., Europe Must Prepare for Long-Term Competition With China

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    U.S. President Joe Biden used his first major international speech Friday to speak out about the economic and national security challenges posed by Russia and China.

    In a virtual address from the White House to the Munich Security Conference, Biden said the U.S. and its transatlantic allies in Europe and Asia “must prepare together for long term strategic competition with China,” something he said was among “the most consequential efforts” the nations will undertake.

    Biden said competition with China will be “stiff,” but added that that’s what he welcomes. “Because I believe in the global system, Europe and the United States together, with our allies in the Indo-Pacific, worked so hard to build over the last 70 years,” he said.

    The U.S. president also said that dealing with “Russian recklessness and hacking into computer networks in the United States and the world has become critical to protecting our collective security.”

    He said Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to undermine the transatlantic partnership between the U.S. and Europe and threaten the NATO alliance.

    “It’s not about pitting east against West. It’s not about we want to conflict. We want a future where all nations are able to freely determine their own path without a threat of violence or coercion,” Biden said.

    Biden used his address to a global audience to underscore how his administration has begun reversing the policies of his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.

    He said that the U.S. stands ready to rejoin talks about reentering the 2015 multilateral Iran nuclear deal abandoned by the Trump administration. The Biden administration announced Thursday its desire to reengage Iran, and it took action at the United Nations aimed at restoring policy to what it was before President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018.

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