tv President Biden Addresses the Munich Security Conference CSPAN February 21, 2021 9:01pm-9:23pm EST
curveballs to get thrown at us. if we have this interview 10 weeks ago, we would not have been talking about variants in the way that we are now. i would expect the unexpected. it is still out there. there is much we can do but at this point, this is not going to be over with anytime soon. >> find c-span's weekly wherever you get your podcast. >> president biden spoke at the munich security conference. the first sitting president to address the conference. he announced that the u.s. would rejoin the u.s. climate accord. >> it is my pleasure to become the 46th president of the united states.
president joe biden has been a loyal and long-term friend of the munich security conference. in 2019, mr. president, you said we will be back in this very hot. thank you for keeping that promise. we welcome you back to the stage and you have the floor. thank you so much. president biden: thank you. i want to say hello to everyone and thank the munich conference for help -- hosting this special session. for decades, i have participated in the munich secretive conference as u.s. senator, joining my colleagues from both sides of the three times as vice
president of the united states and two years ago, as you pointed out, when i last spoke in munich, i was a private citizen. i said at that time that we will be back. i am a man of my word. america is back. i speak to you today as president of the united states. i am sending a clear message to the world, america is back. the transatlantic alliance is back. we are not looking backwards. we're looking forward together. it comes down to this. the transatlantic alliance is a strong foundation. the strong foundation. our collective security and shared prosperity are built. partnership between europe in the u.s. in my view is and must
remain the cornerstone of all we hope to accomplish in the 21st century. just as we did in the 20th century. the challenges we face today -- the challenges we face today are difference. -- are different. when i spoke to you, the global dynamics have shifted. new crises demand our attention. we cannot focus only on the competition among countries that threaten to divide the world or only on global challenges that threaten to sink us altogether if we fail to cooperate. we must do both. we must work in lockstep with our allies and partners. let me a race any lingering doubt. -- let me erase any lingering doubt.
we will work closely with our european partners across the continent, from round to riga, to meet the range of challenges we face. we continue to support the goal of a europe whole and free and a piece. --at peace. the u.s. is fully committed to our nato alliance. you know, to me and to the u.s., we will keep faith with article five. it is a guaranteed. -- guarantee. an attack on one is an attack on all. that is our unshakable vowel. -- vow. the only time article five has been evoked was after the u.s. was attacked on 9/11. you, our allies, joined us to fight al qaeda. the u.s. committed to consulting closely with our nato allies and partners on the way forward in afghanistan. my missed ration strongly supports the diplomatic -- my administration strongly supports the diplomatic processes to end
-- that is underway and to bring an end to this war. we remain committed to ensure afghanistan never again provides a base for terrorist attacks against the u.s. and our partners and our interests. our european partners have also stood with us to counter isis. just this week, native --nato defense ministry's endorsed an advisory mission in iraq. it will be vital in the ongoing fight against isis. we cannot allow isis to reopen and regroup and threaten people in the middle east and europe in the u.s. and elsewhere. while the u.s. is undergoing a thorough review of our own force posture around the world, i've ordered the halting and withdrawal of american troops from germany. i am lifting the cap imposed by the previous administration on the u.s. forces able to be based in germany. i know the past few years have
tested our transatlantic relationships. but we are determined to re-engage with europe. earlier today, as was referenced, i participated in the first meeting of the g7 leaders where i spoke about the dire need to coordinate multilateral action to address covid-19, the global economic crisis, and the accelerating climate crisis, and so much else. achieving these goals will depend on a core strategic proposition. and that is the u.s. must renew america's enduring advantages. that way we can meet today's challenges from a position of strength. that means building back better our economic foundations, reclaiming our place in international institutions. speaking out to defend our values around the world.
modernizing our military capabilities while leading with diplomacy. revitalizing our partnerships that have made the world safer for all people. i hope our fellow democracies are going to join us. our partnerships have endured and grown throughout the years. they are rooted in the richness of our shared democratic values. they are not transactional. they are not extractive. they are built on a vision of a future where every voice matters. where the rights of all are protected and the rule of law is upheld.
none of this has fully succeeded -- none of us has fully succeeded. in so me places, including in europe and the u.s., democratic progress is under assault. i have known many of you for a long, long time. you know i speak my mind. let me be very straightforward with you all. we are in the midst of a fundamental debate about the future and direction of our world. we are at an inflection point. between those who argue that, given all the challenges we face from the fourth industrial revolution to the global pandemic, that autocracy is the best way forward. and those who understand that democracy is essential, essential to meeting these challenges. historians will examine and write about this moment. as an inflection point, as i said. i believe with every ounce of my being that democracy will and must prevail.
we must demonstrate democracy can still deliver for our people in this changed world. that, in my view, is our galvanizing mission. democracy does not happen by accident. we have to defend it, fight for it, strengthen it, renew it. we have to prove that our model is not a relic of history. it is the single best way to revitalize the promise of our future. if we work together with our democratic partners, with strength and confidence, i know we will meet every challenge and face every challenger. we must prepare together. for long-term strategic competition with china. how the u.s., europe, and asia work together to secure the peace and defend our shared values and advance our prosperity across the pacific will be among the most consequential efforts we undertake. competition with china is going
to be stiff. that is what i expect. and that is what i welcome. because i believe in the global system, europe and the u.s. together, with our allies, to work so hard over the last 70 years. we can own the race for the future. but to do so, we have to be clear eyed about historic investments and the partnerships that this will require. we have to protect the space for innovation, for intellectual property, and the creative genius that thrives with the free exchange of ideas in open democratic societies. we have to ensure the benefits of growth are shared broadly and equitably, not just by a few. we have to push back against the chinese governments economic abuses and coercion that undercut the foundations of the international economic system.
everyone must play by the same rules. the u.s. and european companies are required to publicly disclose corporate governance structure and abide by rules to deter corruption and monopolistic practices. tiny company should be held to -- chinese companies should be held to the same standard area we must shape the rules that will govern the advance of technology. artificial intelligence, biotechnology, so they will be used to lift people up, not used to pin them down. we must stand up for the democratic values that make it possible for us to accomplish any of this, pushing back against those who would monopolize and normalize repression. this is also how we will be able to meet the threat from russia.
the kremlin attacks are democracies and weaponizes corruption to undermine our system of governance. russian leaders want people to think our system is more corrupt, or as corrupt, as theirs. but the world knows that is not true come including russia's noncitizens. -- that is not true, including russia's noncitizens. putin seeks to weaken the european project and nato alliance. he wants to undermine transatlantic unity and our resolve. because it is so much easier for the kremlin to bully and threaten individual states then negotiate with a strong, closely united transatlantic community. that is why, that is why standing up for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of ukraine, remains a vital concern for europe and the united states. that is why addressing russian recklessness and hacking into computer networks in that united states and across europe and the world, has become critical to
protecting our collective security. the challenges with russia may be different than the ones with china. but they are just as real. it is not about pitting east against west, it is not about we want a conflict. we want a future where all nations are able to freely determine our own path, without the threat of violence or coercion. we cannot and must not return to the reflective opposition, and rigid blocs of the cold war. competition must not walk out cooperation on issues that affect us all. for example, we must cooperate if we are going to defeat covid-19 everywhere. my first presidential mess security referendum focused on surging health and security responses to defeat covid-19,
and to better prevent and prepare for the next pandemic. today, i am announcing the united states is making at $2 billion pledged to covax, the -- pledge to covax, the promise of an additional $2 billion to urge others to step up as well. even as we fight to get out of the teeth of this pandemic, with the resurgence of ebola and africa. it is a stark reminder we must simultaneously work to finally finance health security, strengthen global health systems, and create early warning systems to prevent, detect, and respond, to future threats -- biological threats because they will keep coming. we have to work together, to strengthen and reform the world health organization. we need a u.n. system focused on biological threat, document quickly, to trigger action. similarly, we can no longer delay, or do the bare minimum, to address climate change. this is a global existential crisis.
and we will all suffer, we will all suffer the consequences if we fail. we have to rapidly accelerate our commitment to aggressively curb our emissions, and to hold one another accountable, for meeting our goals, and increasing our ambitions. that is why, as president, i immediately rejoined the paris agreement. and as of today, the united states is officially on to get a party to the paris agreement, which we helped put together. on earth day, i will host a leaders summit, to help drive a more ambitious actions among the top emitters, including the domestic climate action here in united states. i am grateful for your's -- europe's continued leadership on climate action over the last four years. together we need to invest in the technological innovations that will power our clean energy
futures, enable us to build clean energy solutions to global markets. the threat of nuclear proliferation also continues to require careful diplomacy and cooperation among us. we need transparency and communication to minimize the risk of strategic misunderstanding or mistakes. that is why the united states and russia, notwithstanding other competition, extended the new start treaty, for an additional four years, once i was sworn in. that is why we are prepared to reengage in negotiations with the p5+1 on iran's nuclear program. we must also address iran's destabilizing activities across the middle east and we will work with our associates and partners as we proceed. we will work together to lockdown fissile and radiological material to prevent terrorist groups from acquiring and using it.
look, the range of challenges that europe and united states must take on together is broad and complex. i am eager to hear next, from my good friends, and outstanding leaders, including prime minister merkel on her thoughts about moving forward together. we cannot allow self-doubt to hinder our ability to engage each other or the larger world. the last four years have been hard, but europe and the united states have to lead with confidence once more, with faith in our capacities. a commitment to our own renewal. with trust in one another, and the ability of europe and the united states to meet any challenge, to secure our futures together. i know we can do this. we have done it before. just yesterday, after a seven month, 300-million mile journey, nasa successfully landed the perseverance robert on mars --
-- rover on mars on a mission of exploration with elements contributed by our european partners to seek evidence that life beyond our planet and the mysteries of the universe. over the next few years, perseverance will collect samples from the red planet, and pile them up so another mission and rover, envisioned as a joint effort between nasa and the european space agency, will retrieve this trove of scientific wonders, and bring it home to all of us. that is what we can do together! and for our unbound capacity to carry us to mars and back, do not tell us anything else, they tell us we can meet any challenge we can face on earth.
we have everything we need. i want you to know the united states, we will do our part. we will stand with you. we will fight for our shared values. we will meet the challenges of this new moment in history. america's back. so let's get together, and demonstrate to our great, great grandchildren, when they read about us that democracy, democracy functions and works.' and together, there's nothing that we cannot do. so let's get working. thank you all very much. >> thank you, so much, mr. president. thank you for this extremely important statement. thank you for presenting it here. let me add that i look forward
to a time, pandemic permitting, that we can try to invite you to fly to munich again, to an in person conference. i know that you use to like these meetings very much, so i look forward to the future. i also want you and your administration to know that we will, again, conditions permitting, try to continue this discussion later this spring by hopefully, bringing a group of senior european decision-makers to washington, d.c., to meet with members of your administration. so thank you again, mr. president. >> talking about the activism and the merging ideologies of malcolm x and martin luther king
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