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tv   President Biden Addresses the Munich Security Conference  CSPAN  February 22, 2021 12:00am-12:23am EST

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with the prime minister will be wednesday, february 24. watch live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span 2, or watch it next sunday night at 9:00 eastern on c-span. you can also go to to find past prime minister's questions and other british affairs programs. >> president biden spoke at the munich security conference. the first sitting president to address the conference, although it was a virtual meeting. he announced that the u.s. would rejoin the u.s. climate accord. >> so now as our first speaker in this program, we welcome the 46th president of the united states. president joe biden has truly been a loyal and long-term friend of the munich security conference.
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in 2019, mr. president, you said in this very place, in this very hall, we will be back. mr. president, 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. it is great to be with you. we just spent from washington's perspective the morning together. i want to say hello to everyone and thank the munich conference for hosting this special session. for decades, as you have pointed out, i have participated in the munich security conference as u.s. senator, joining my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, to reaffirm the transatlantic partnership. three times as vice president of the united states, including but
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delivering the first policy address in the months we were in office, and two years ago, as you pointed out, when i last spoke in munich, i was a private citizen. i was a professor, not elected official. but i said at that time that we will be back. and i am a man of my word. america is back. i speak to you today as president of the united states. at the very start of my administration, and i am sending a clear message to the world, america is back. the transatlantic alliance is back. and 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. it is how our collective security and shared prosperity are built. the partnership between europe and the united states in my view is and must remain the cornerstone of all we hope to accomplish in the 21st century.
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just as we did in the 20th century. the challenges we face today are different. we are at an inflection point. when i spoke to you as a senator and even vice president, 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. working in lockstep with our allies and partners. let me erase any lingering doubt. the united states will work closely with our european union partners and capitals across the continent to meet the range of shared challenges we face. we continue to support the goal of a europe whole and free and at peace. the u.s. is fully committed to our nato alliance.
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and i welcome europe's growing investment in the military capabilities that enable our shared defense. to me and to the united states and to us, we will keep faith with article five. it is a guarantee. an attack on one is an attack on all. that is our unshakable vow. the only time article five has been invoked was after the united states 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 administration strongly supports the diplomatic processes underway and to bring an end to this war that is closing out 20 years. we remain committed to ensure afghanistan never again provides
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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, nato defense ministers endorsed an advisory and training mission in iraq which 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 and 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 number of u.s. forces able to be based in germany. i know the past few years have strained and tested our transatlantic relationship, but the united states is determined
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to reengage with europe, to consult with you, to earn back our trust in leadership. earlier today, 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 is going to depend on a core strategic proposition. that is the united states must renew america's enduring advantages so 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. lifting up our values at home and speaking up to defend them around the world. modernizing our military capabilities while leading with diplomacy.
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revitalizing america's network of alliances and partnerships that made the world safer for all people. i hope our fellow democracies are going to join us. our partnerships have endured and grown through 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 -- none of us has fully succeeded in this division. we continue to work toward it. in so many places, including in europe and the u.s., democratic progress is under assault. i have known many of you for a long, long time.
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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. and 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.
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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 outpace every challenger. we must prepare together. for long-term strategic competition with china. how the united states, 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
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system, europe and the u.s. together with our allies in the indo pacific worked 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 for 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 government's 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
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disclose corporate governance structure and abide by rules to deter corruption and monopolistic practices. chinese companies should be held to the same standard. we must shape the rules that will govern the advance of technology and norms of behavior in cyberspace. 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. now, this is also how we are going to be able to meet the threat from russia. the kremlin attacks our 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
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theirs. but the world knows that is not true, including russia's own citizens. putin seeks to weaken the european project and our 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 than 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 the 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
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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 their 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 lock 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 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 a $2
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billion pledge to covax, the promise of an initial $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 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 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 threats that can move 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
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all suffer the consequences if we fail. we have to rapidly accelerate our commitment to aggressively curb our omissions 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 once again 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 europe's continued leadership on climate issues over the last four years. together we need to invest in the technological innovations that are going to power our clean energy futures, enable us to build clean energy solutions to global markets. the threat of nuclear proliferation also continues to
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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 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 in close cooperation with our european and other partners as we proceed. we will also work together to lockdown fissile and radiological material to prevent terrorist groups from acquiring and using them. the range of challenges europe and united states must take on together is broad and complex.
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i am eager to hear next from my good friends and outstanding leaders, including prime minister merkel on her thoughts about moving forward together. so let me conclude with this, 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 rover on mars.
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it is 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, the perseverance will range and 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.
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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 we cannot do. so let's get working. thank you all very much. >> thank you so much, mr. president 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
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fly into munich again to an in-person conference. i know you used your like these meetings very much. i also want you and your administration to know 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 dc in order for them to meet with members of your >> the front page of nato's website highlighted secretary-general jens hope berg -- against stoltenberg's comments, as he said we have a historic opportunity to build a stronger alliance to regain trust in real sour unity. europe and north america working together with strategic solidarity.
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president biden, president mccrone, chancellor merkel all addressed the conference friday. >> monday night on "the communicators," a discussion on court cutting during the pandemic -- cord cutting during the pandemic. >> truth be told, cord cutting has not changed much than what we thought a year ago pre-pandemic. that continues at a constant rate. but the adoption of broadband and the need for more speed is really benefiting the cable industry broadly. and that has been our thesis for a while, but the pandemic has really clarified that idea, right? even when there is court cutting, the shift to streaming has benefited the economics of the cable industry. >> watch "the communicators" monday night on c-span 2.
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>> the house has scheduled a couple of tech related hearings. on thursday, a house judiciary subcommittee looks at competition for the digital economy, featuring economist and federal trade commission lawyers. the house commerce committee hears from the ceos of facebook, twitter, and google as it looks at this information on online platforms. that is scheduled for march 25. host: our next guest serves as the special inspector general for afghanistan reconstruction. he is general john sopko. thank you for joining us. guest: thank you. host: can you remind our viewers in job, what specific role it has? guest: i am the special inspector general for afghanistan reconstruction. it is a long term. just call it the sigar without the c.


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