In the days leading up to the UNGA, the Biden administration has been forced to respond to Congress for the chaotic troop departure from Afghanistan, as well as diplomatic frustration from France over the nuclear-powered submarine deal with the United Kingdom and Australia.
“Simply put, we stand, in my view, at an inflection point in history. And I’m here to share with you how the United States intends to work with partners and allies to answer these questions, and the commitment of my new administration to help lead the world toward a more peaceful, prosperous future for all people.”
“We’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy of using the power of our development, to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world,” he stated.
Notwithstanding this hopeful effort, France, China, and the UK in particular have traded diplomatic barbs with the US lately.
In March, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was lectured and ridiculed by Chinese officials on what they called US hypocrisy, at the first high-level meeting between the two countries, which occurred on American soil.
“The United States does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength,” Diplomat Yang Jiechi announced through a translator at the summit in Anchorage back then.
“We need to avoid at all cost a cold war that would be different from the past one, and probably more dangerous and more difficult to manage,” he announced, continuing that the current relationship between the two nations is one of “confrontation.”
Amid the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in August, President Biden reportedly neglected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s efforts to contact him for roughly 36 hours as the Taliban cemented its control.
Once Johnson got Biden on the phone, the Telegraph reported, the British PM urged the American president not to throw away “gains made in Afghanistan” — a plea from one of America’s staunchest allies in that war and in general that the president disregarded.