Biden said he had spoken to the leaders of many of America’s closest allies – including Australia – to begin “re-forming the habits of cooperation and rebuilding the muscles of democratic alliances that have atrophied from four years of neglect and abuse”.
Biden called for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail, to be immediately released without condition.
“I made it clear to President [Vladimir] Putin, in a manner very different from my predecessor, that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions – interfering in our elections, cyber-attacks, poisoning its citizens – are over,” Biden said.
Biden said he would confront China over trade abuse, attacks on human rights and intellectual property theft.
But he said he would work with Beijing when it is in America’s interests.
If intellectual trade and property rules are fair, Biden said “there’s no country on earth – not China or anyone else – that can match us”.
On climate change, Biden said that the US would be asking global leaders to “up the ante” on the emissions reduction targets.
“America must lead in the face of this existential threat,” he said.