President Joe Biden has warned that the United States will move to defend itself if China threatens its sovereignty.
“We are committed to working with a China that can advance America’s interests and benefit the world,” Biden said. “But make no mistake…if China threatens our sovereignty, we will act to protect our nation.”
The president’s comments in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address came at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and China after the Pentagon found out. chinese spy balloon It flew over the United States and was shot down over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Carolina.
The episode led to the cancellation of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s visit to China and dashed hopes of easing tensions between Washington and Beijing after Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in November.
In an energetic speech that was met with cheers from Democrats and boos from Republicans, Biden also said his economic plan, which includes billions of dollars in subsidies to domestic manufacturing, including semiconductor production, will help the U.S. economy grow. said it helps them win the competition.
“I make no apologies for what we are investing in to make America stronger. We are investing in innovation and the industries that will define the future of America, and the Chinese government is trying to dominate,” Biden said. .
“[We are] Invest in our alliances and work with our allies to protect advanced technologies and prevent them from being used against us. Modernize our armed forces to safeguard stability and deter aggression. added.
Domestically, Mr. Biden has called for a “leaving no one economy” that will bring tangible benefits to “blue-collar” America’s most forgotten households, even as high inflation hurts his approval ratings. A rapid recovery from the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic has created 12 million jobs under his watch over the past two years.
“My economic plan is to invest in forgotten places and people. In the last 40 years of economic turmoil, too many people have been left behind or treated as invisible. I got
With Republicans gaining control of the House after the November midterm elections, Mr. Biden’s legislative ambitions will inevitably be hampered, potentially leading to major clashes, especially over raising the debt ceiling. But Democrats still hold a majority in the Senate, so the president can ensure confirmation of judicial nominations and executive appointments.
“To my Republican friends, if we worked together in the last Congress, there’s no reason why we can’t work together in this new Congress,” Biden said.
He put up no resistance to the imminent threat of a debt ceiling crisis, accusing Republicans of wanting to “take the economy hostage” if Democrats do not yield to calls for drastic spending cuts. bottom.
The president called on Congress to lift US borrowing limits “without preconditions or jeopardy,” adding, “Let us promise here tonight that the full trust and credit of the United States will never, never, be called into question.” rice field.
But when Biden accused some Republicans of wanting drastic cuts to Social Security and Medicare for seniors, the House erupted in heckles. Biden deviated from his prepared remarks after Republican lawmakers yelled “liar” and voted in favor of protecting entitlement program funds.
“Stop, I refuse… Not today. Not tomorrow. Never. But apparently it won’t matter,” he said.
As the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine approaches at the end of the month, Biden says the US is “united” in supporting Kyiv, building a global coalition to stand up to Vladimir Putin celebrated his achievements.
“We will be with you as long as you need it,” he said, with Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, in the audience.
But the remarks came amid heightened tensions between the US and the EU over Biden’s far-reaching policies. Clean energy subsidy systemcould divert green investments from Europe to the United States.
But Biden defended the bill as a breakthrough. “[It] It’s the most important investment to date to tackle the climate crisis,” he said. “We will lower utility bills, create jobs for America, and lead the world into a clean energy future.”
The president also defended the “Buy America” clauses of major infrastructure investment bills. “In my observation, American roads, American bridges, American highways are made of American products.”
Republican leaders are unlikely to accept Biden’s bipartisan message. is part of the “far left”, accusing it of being preoccupied with “awakened fantasies” rather than focusing on them. About ordinary Americans.
“In a radical-left America, Washington taxes you and sets your hard-earned money on fire, but you end up with high gas prices, empty grocery shelves, and our children because of their race. are taught to hate each other, but they don’t. To love each other, or to love our great nation, Sanders said, according to excerpts released ahead of his speech.
The mixed results of the midterm elections have elevated Biden’s status within the party. are widely expected to launch the 2024 election campaign.
The president’s approval ratings have recovered over the past few months, but he remains unpopular. According to a Realclearpolitics.com poll average, 51.5% of Americans disapprove of his job as president and 44.2% support it.
In his speech, Biden recalled the trauma of the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by former President Donald Trump supporters, but added that US government institutions still remain.
“Two years ago, our democracy faced its greatest threat since the Civil War. Today, though hurt, our democracy is unyielding and unbroken.”
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