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The Challenges Of Biden’s Visit To Europe: Relationship With “Allies” And Approach To Russia And China

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On his first foreign trip since taking office last January, US President Joe Biden arrived in Britain on Wednesday evening, awaiting a test of his ability to manage and repair relations with key allies who were disappointed, after four years of strained relations with His predecessor is Donald Trump.

In this context, the German newspaper “Tags Spiegel” reported today, Thursday, that Biden must convince the allies that Washington is “serious in its ambitions to revive the idea of ​​the West and lead the world’s democracies,” not to mention the development of the relationship with Russia and China, with the American suspicion of the latter’s ambitions as if the next existential enemy,” without losing sight of the fear of a military clash in the China Sea.

Biden’s trip will take eight days and aims to rebuild transatlantic relations and reformulate relations with Russia. It will also include several meetings, the most important of which are the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, as well as bilateral meetings with heads of state and government of a number of countries. European countries, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in addition to representatives of the European Union.

On his last stop in Geneva, Biden will hold a meeting that the world is eagerly awaiting, and perhaps the most difficult during the tour, with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom the relationship seems “very tense.”

Although President Biden tried to spread positivity and a lot of friendliness to Europe at the beginning of his visit, after 4 years of transatlantic differences with Trump, there is a state of anticipation as to how to address the differences that still exist between the two sides, the most important of which are trade differences and NATO defense spending North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the Nord Stream 2 gas project, to approaches regarding the withdrawal of the US army and the rest of NATO forces from Afghanistan, as well as the military tension in eastern Ukraine.

Hard leadership

In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Biden said, “We stand united to address Russia’s challenges to European security,” stressing that “there will be no doubt about the United States’ determination to defend our democratic values, which we cannot separate from our interests.”

Biden said upon his arrival, Wednesday, to Britain, that the United States sees itself compelled to “lead strongly,” adding that his country’s alliances “are not built by coercion or threat, but are based on democratic ideals and a shared vision for the future.”

He pointed out that “America is back, and it will face the most difficult challenges and issues,” promoting democracy as “the only bulwark that can withstand the rising tyrannical powers.”

Strong criticism of Biden

In the context, the criticism leveled by the former German Socialist Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, through his podcast, to the US President, and his plans to cut close cooperation with Russia and China, because of the possible consequences for Germany.

Schroeder highlighted his strong doubts about Biden’s strategy, because “Russia is a sovereign country that independently determines its relationship with China.” He believed that instead, “it requires talking to each other, because we need to solve international problems, and this applies to Russia and China, and when this insight returns to America under Biden, things can be good.”

The former chancellor stressed that “Germany has huge economic relations and interests with China, the most important of which is the auto market, and therefore it is not in Berlin’s interest to stoke the trade war between Beijing and Washington.” He said, “Our country as a middle economic power with large export resources and associated jobs, and we need dialogue, and we as a sovereign country must not allow ourselves to be drawn into the trap.”

“That is why we have to be careful that the enormous political power that the United States now enjoys does not lead us down the wrong path in terms of global trade,” he added.

On the other hand, Schroeder indicated that it is more useful to create balances than differences, and instead of imposing sanctions, dialogue should have been resorted to, stressing that “it is a good thing that both Russia and the United States can enter into dialogue again.”

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