Daily US Times: World leaders welcomed into their ranks the new US President Joe Biden, noting their most pressing problems, including the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach his predecessor Donald Trump ridiculed.
Many expressed hope Joe Biden would right United States democracy two weeks after rioters stormed the Capitol building, shaking the faith of those fighting for democracy in their own countries.
Governments sanctioned and targeted under Trump embraced the chance for a fresh start with Joe Biden, while some heads of state who lauded Donald Trump’s blend of populism and nationalism were more restrained in their expectations.
But the chance to repair frayed alliances and work together on global problems carried the day.
China, whose relations with the US nosedived due to widespread frustration in Washington over its accusations of technology theft, human rights record and expressed hope about the change in the White House.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing: “I think after this very difficult and extraordinary time, both the Chinese and American people deserve a better future.”
Biden “understands the importance of cooperation among nations,” said Juan Manuel Santos, former Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
“As a matter of fact, if we don’t cooperate – all nations – to fight climate change, then we will all perish. It’s as simple as that.”
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and French President Emmanuel Macron were among those welcoming US attention to climate change. After Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Paris climate accord, Biden reversed the move in the first hours of his presidency Wednesday.