New Delhi: US President Joe Biden, who in his first diplomatic speech on Thursday (February 4, 2021), made elaborate explanations about changes he plans to bring to his country’s relationship with China and Russia, however, missed to mention India in his speech which has left the Indian diplomacy slightly disappointed. Speaking to India Ahead, former Indian diplomat Pradeep Kumar Kapur said, “President Biden did not include India in his current speech, in his inaugural foreign policy address, that is a little bit of a disappointment, he could have mentioned a little bit about that also but I am sure he will make amends very soon.”
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However, US President Biden in his first diplomatic speech made announcements about major shifts in his foreign policy mentioned that there is a need for American leadership to advance ‘authoritarianism’, including the growing ambitions of China and the ‘determination’ of Russia to damage US democracy.
“American leadership must meet this new moment of advancing authoritarianism, including the growing ambitions of China to rival the United States and the determination of Russia to damage and disrupt our democracy,” Biden said.
US President Biden touched upon the recent military coup in Myanmar (previously known as Burma) and said that the US has been in close cooperation with its allies and partners to bring support of the international community to address the military coup in the Southeast Asian country.
He said, “The Burmese military should relinquish the power they have seized, release the advocates and activists and officials they have detained, lift the restrictions on telecommunications, and refrain from violence.”
Reiterating that diplomacy is back at the center of the US foreign policy, Biden said the United States and Russia agreed to extend the New START Treaty for five years to preserve the only remaining treaty between our countries safeguarding nuclear stability. He, however, sharply reacted to the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is looking at 2 years 8 months of incarceration in Moscow.