US President Joe Biden announces foreign policy shift | DW News

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US President Joe Biden has outlined his vision for US foreign policy. In his first major policy speech, Biden sought to re-assert US global leadership, rebuild alliances, and reverse Donald Trump's 'America First' agenda. He announced an end to support for the war in Yemen, and a halt to the withdrawal of US troops from Germany.
The United States is ready to engage with the world again. That was Joe Biden's message from the marbled halls of Washington's State Department. For Biden, this means foreign policy must be grounded in a multilateral world, rather than a defense of America's interests that puts America first.
America is back. Diplomacy is back at the center of foreign policy.
So the US will once more try to find solutions to the world's problems. Like in Yemen, dubbed the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Years of conflict has destroyed much of the country. Killing hundreds of thousands of people. And leaving more near starvation. The US has given tacit backing to one side of that war. No more, says Biden:
Biden also says his administration's diplomacy will involve a clearer defense of democracy. He called on Myanmar's generals to surrender power.
And he signaled a tougher tone on Russia than the last administration. Urging the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. And pledging he'll keep Vladimir Putin's Kremlin in check:
The days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia's aggressive actions - Interfering with our elections, cyberattacks, poisoning its citizens - are over.
For Biden, strengthening the US' stance on Russia and China will mean reaching out to Washington's old allies, in Europe and elsewhere. He ordered a freeze on US troop withdrawals abroad.
Including from the US' bases in Germany. The Trump administration wanted to pull out nearly 10,000 troops. Biden will depart from that plan.
This administration comes to power with diplomats' morale low, and its alliances chafing. Restoring both will be a huge challenge.


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