US not seeking ‘new Cold War’, says President Joe Biden at UNGA amid tensions with China

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Amid growing tensions with China, US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that the country is not seeking a ‘new Cold War’ and is ready to work with any nation that pursues peaceful resolutions.

Without mentioning China directly, Biden acknowledged increasing concerns about rising tensions between the two nations in his first address before the UN General Assembly.

“We are not seeking a new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocs. The US is ready to work with any nation that pursues peaceful resolutions….because we have all suffered the consequences of our failures,” Joe Biden said.

The President noted his decision to end America’s longest war last month, in Afghanistan, and set the table for his administration to shift US attention to intensive diplomacy with no shortage of crises facing the globe. He said he is driven by a belief that “to deliver for our own people, we must also engage deeply with the rest of the world.”

“We’ve ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan,” Biden said. “And as we close this period of relentless war, we’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world,” he added.

Biden further said that the US is not the same country as it was 20 years ago when attacked on 9/11.

“Today we are better equipped and more resilient….countering propaganda. We know the bitter sting of terrorism. Last month, we lost 13 American heroes and many Afghan civilians in the heinous terrorist attack at Kabul airport. Those who commit acts of terrorism against us will find a determined enemy in the United States,” he added.

Speaking further about the current situation in Afghanistan, the US President said that the UNSC has adopted a resolution outlining how to support the people of Afghanistan and laid out the expectations of the Taliban.

“We all must advocate the rights of women and girls to pursue their dreams free of violence and intimidation. The future belongs to those who give their people the ability to breathe freely, not those who seek to suffocate their people with ‘iron hands’,” Biden said. — Reuters

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