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International relations

From relentless war to relentless diplomacy, Biden declares new chapter

At debut U.N. speech, president makes no mention of China

U.S. President Joe Biden, addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21, vowed to work with multinational institutions in pursuit of American foreign policy goals.     © Reuters

UNITED NATIONS -- After two decades of war in Afghanistan, the U.S. is ready for a new chapter -- one that will focus on intensive diplomacy and only turn to force as a last resort, President Joe Biden said at his debut address to the United Nations Tuesday.

In line with his Aug. 16 speech after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the president expressed his distaste for military arm-twisting to achieve American foreign policy goals, further narrowing down the conditions of the use of force to missions that are clear, achievable and have the "informed consent of the American people."

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