UNITED NATIONS   -  President Biden, without naming China, said the United States isn’t seeking to reenter a global era of conflict akin to the decades-long standoff with the Soviet Union. “The United States will compete, and will compete vigorously, and lead with our values and our strength,” Biden said in his first address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. He said the US would “stand up for our allies and our friends and oppose attempts by stronger countries that dominate weaker ones.” He cited attempts to change territory by force, economic coercion and disinformation as examples of malign activity the US would oppose. Still, he said those efforts should be interpreted as aggression.

President Joe Biden also said that by ending the war in Afghanistan, the United States is swapping “relentless war” with “relentless diplomacy" as UN general Assembly kicked off a debate on the grave challenges confronting the world.

In his first address as President, Biden noted his decision to end America's longest war last month in Afghanistan aimed at shifting U.S. attention to intensive diplomacy, saying he is driven by a belief that "to deliver for our own people, we must also engage deeply with the rest of the world." "We've ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan," Biden said. "And as we close this period of relentless war, we're opening a new era of relentless diplomacy of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world.

 Over 100 world leaders are attending the debate in person, with attendance in the iconic hall of the General Assembly scaled down as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the 193-member Assembly on September 24.

Biden, who arrived in New York on Monday evening to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ahead of Tuesday's address, fully endorsed the world body's relevance and ambition at a difficult moment in history.

The President committed $10 billion dollars to end world hunger, and called for support from multi-lateral institutions like the United Nations to help combat challenges including the Indo-Pacific.