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Afghanistan turmoil

US needs to 'shore up' competitiveness to meet China challenge: Biden

President says foreign policy must focus on fundamental national interest

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Afghanistan during a speech in the State Dining Room at the White House.

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON -- The U.S. no longer had a vital national interest in staying in Afghanistan and the withdrawal was necessary to shore up the country's competitiveness to meet the challenges from China and Russia, President Joe Biden said in a speech Tuesday.

In his remarks at the White House state dining room, intended to mark the end of nearly two decades in the Central Asian country, the president said that there are two lessons the country has learned regarding foreign policy.

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