Remarks by President Biden in a Press Convention | Bali, Indonesia

Grand Hyatt Resort
Bali, Indonesia

10:03 P.M. CIT

THE PRESIDENT:  Welcome to Bali.  (Laughs.)  Please.

Good night, everybody.  Let me begin with just a few phrases in regards to the current elections held in america.

What we noticed was the power and resilience of the American democracy, and we noticed it in motion.  And the American individuals proved as soon as once more that democracy is who we’re.

And there was a robust rejection of election deniers at each degree, from these searching for to guide our states and people searching for to serve in Congress and in addition these searching for to supervise the elections. 

And there was a robust rejection of political violence and voter intimidation.

There was an emphatic assertion that in America, the need of the individuals prevails.

I’ve — I’ve traveled this week, and it’s been clear simply how carefully the world and our allies and our rivals as properly have been following our elections at house.

(Clears throat.)  Excuse me, I’ve a bit chilly.

And what these elections confirmed is that there’s a deep and unwavering dedication in America to preserving and defending and defending democracy.

Now, let me converse briefly about our agenda over the previous few days in Egypt and in Cambodia and right here in Indonesia.

On this second of nice world challenges — from world inflation, to the local weather disaster, to Russia’s brutal warfare towards Ukraine — we’re bringing collectively the broadest doable coalition of companions to ship outcomes. 

At COP27 in Egypt, I made it clear that due to the daring agenda of our administration we pursued from day one to sort out the local weather disaster and advance vitality and safety at house and world wide, america will meet — america will meet our emissions goal beneath the — targets beneath the Paris Settlement.

And we’re going to maintain working with our companions to assist probably the most weak nations in constructing resilience to local weather impacts and to align world ambition with the 1.5-degree Celsius objective whereas super-charging our clear vitality transition.

On the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit, I laid out a dedication to working with our companions within the Indo-Pacific to make sure a future that — that’s very important of this area, that’s free and open and affluent, in addition to safe.

And I met with our allies from Australia, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, underscoring our dedication and deepening our engagement with our closest companions, and strengthening cooperation amongst our allies to satisfy shared threats to our personal safety and to their safety, together with the DPRK.

And let me meet — I simply met in particular person with Xi Jinping of the Folks’s Republic of China.  We had — (clears throat) — excuse me — we had an open and candid dialog about our intentions and our priorities.  It was clear — he was clear and I used to be clear — that we’ll defend American pursuits and values, promote common human rights, and rise up for the worldwide order, and work in lockstep with our allies and companions.

We’re going to compete vigorously.  However I’m not on the lookout for battle, I’m seeking to handle this competitors responsibly.

And I need to make certain — guarantee that each nation abides by the worldwide guidelines of the street.  And we mentioned that.
The One China coverage — our One China coverage has not modified — has not modified.  We oppose unilateral change in the established order by both aspect, and we’re dedicated to sustaining the peace and stability within the Taiwan Straits. 

I used to be additionally clear that China and america ought to be capable of work collectively the place we will to unravel world challenges that require each nation to do its half.

We mentioned Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine, reaffirmed our shared perception within the risk the place the usage of nuclear weapons is completely unacceptable.

And I requested that Secretary Blinken journey to China to observe up on our discussions and proceed preserving the traces of communication open between our two nations.

Wanting forward on the G20 conferences tomorrow, we’re going to be speaking — taking up the very points that matter to the individuals’s lives, not solely right here but additionally — additionally our allies and our companions.

Meaning tackling the struggling that Russia aggression has unleashed, not simply on Ukrainian individuals, however the individuals round world, significantly meals insecurity, and strengthening the basics of our world economic system for everybody: assist for debt aid, reforms for multilateral improvement banks, investments to bolster world well being safety and to verify the world is best ready for the following pandemic.

The G20 has been an necessary discussion board for the world’s largest economies to work collectively for the nice of individuals in all places, and I’m trying ahead to our conferences tomorrow.

Now, let me shut with this: On my first journey abroad final 12 months, I stated that America was again — again at house, again on the desk, and again to main the world.

Within the 12 months and a half that’s adopted, we’ve proven precisely what which means.  America is preserving its commitments.  America is investing in our power at house.  America is working alongside our allies and companions to ship actual, significant progress world wide.  And at this crucial second, no nation is best positioned to assist construct the longer term we wish than america of America.

Now I’m glad to take questions.  And I’m advised there are going to be 4 questioners, however I’m not going to do 10 questions from every questioner, all proper?  I’ll make that clear on the outset right here. 

And — (laughs) — so, Ken Thomas, Wall Avenue Journal.

Q    Thanks, Mr. President.  You stated on the outset of this assembly that you simply didn’t need — you didn’t need competitors to show into battle.  Based mostly on this assembly right now, do you consider a brand new Chilly Battle with China could be prevented? 

And particularly, on the problem of Taiwan, you spoke about intentions.  Do you consider China is making ready, aspiring to invade Taiwan sooner or later?  And what warnings did you problem to President Xi if he have been to take such motion?

THE PRESIDENT:  Properly, to reply the primary a part of your query, I completely consider there’s needn’t be a brand new Chilly Battle.  We — I’ve met many occasions with Xi Jinping, and we have been candid and clear with each other throughout the board.  And I don’t assume there’s any imminent try on the a part of China to invade Taiwan. 

And I made it clear that our coverage in Taiwan has not modified in any respect.  It’s the identical actual place we’ve had.  I made it clear that we need to see cross-strait points peacefully resolved.  And — and so it by no means has to return to that.

And I’m satisfied that — that he understood precisely what I used to be saying.  I understood what he was saying. 

And, look, I feel america is best ready than any nation on the earth, economically and politically, to cope with the altering circumstances world wide.

And I feel that — I feel Xi Jinping is — we agreed that we’d arrange a sure set of circumstances the place on points that have been — that we needed to additional resolve particulars, we agreed that we’d have our chief of sta- — our — the suitable Cupboard members and others sit and meet with each other to debate the main points of any — each problem that we — that was raised, and we raised a variety of points.

Seung Kim, Related Press.

Q    Thanks, Mr. President.  You met with President Xi and also you met with him face-to-face after he had unquestionably consolidated his energy at house.  So now that you simply’ve met with him face-to-face, how do you assess his type of posture in direction of america now?  And did you discover him personally to be extra confrontational or extra conciliatory and keen to compromise?

THE PRESIDENT:  Neither.  And sure.

Q    Are you able to elaborate?

THE PRESIDENT:  Sure, I didn’t discover him extra confrontational or extra conciliatory.  I discovered him the best way he’s at all times been: direct and simple.

And do I feel he’s keen to compromise on varied points?  Sure.  I feel he understands that — look, I feel — how can I say this tactfully?  I feel the — I feel the election held in america was — nonetheless leaves a bit bit unsure — has despatched a really sturdy message world wide that america is able to play. 

The USA is — the Republicans who survived ,and together with the Democrats, are of the view that we’re going to remain totally engaged on the earth and that we, the truth is, know what we’re about.  And so I don’t get any sense that there’s kind of confrontation. 

We have been very blunt with each other about locations the place we disagreed or the place we have been unsure of one another’s place.  And we agreed we’d arrange — and we did — mechanisms whereby we’d meet intimately with our — the important thing individuals in every of our administrations to debate how we might resolve them, or how, in the event that they weren’t resolved, on what foundation have been they not resolved.

Sebastian Smith, the Asso- — the AFP.

Q    Thanks very a lot, Mr. President.  It’s actually shut.  (Refers to microphone.)


Q    Excuse me, I don’t often speak that loudly. 

Does the retaking of Kherson in Ukraine sign a turning level within the warfare, in your opinion, that the Ukrainians — the place the Ukrainians might realistically pursue their final objective of expelling the Russians fully, together with retaking Crimea?  In that case, does the U.S. intend to assist and facilitate that objective as you’ve been doing thus far with their different objectives?  Or would you maybe see Kherson as a special type of inflection level, principally time to begin negotiating now that they’ve acquired some extra power than they’d, , just a few weeks in the past?

THE PRESIDENT:  Initially, it was a big, important victory for Ukraine.  A big victory.  And I can do nothing however applaud the braveness, dedication, and capability of the Ukrainian individuals and Ukrainian navy.  I imply, they’ve actually been superb.

And I feel it’s onerous to inform at this level precisely what it means by way of — however I’ve been very clear that we’re going to proceed to offer the potential for the Ukrainian individuals to defend themselves.  And we aren’t going to have interaction in any negotiation.  There’s no — nothing about Ukraine with out Ukraine.  It is a resolution Ukraine has to make.

I feel you’re going to see issues decelerate a bit due to the winter months and the lack to maneuver as — as simply across the nation.  However I feel it stays to be seen precisely what the end result might be, besides that I’m assured that Russia is not going to occupy or defend Ukraine as they supposed from the start.

Um — uh, I’m having bother studying this.  Reuters, Natandya [Nandita] Bose. 

Q    Thanks, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, there you might be.

Q    A fast query on North Korea, which seems poised to conduct a brand new nuclear take a look at.  I’m questioning in case you can discuss your particular discussions with President Xi on that.

To what extent do you assume China has the power to speak North Korea out of conducting such assessments?  And what are the repercussions for U.S.-Chinese language relations if a take a look at goes ahead?

THE PRESIDENT:  Properly, to start with, it’s troublesome to say that I’m sure that — that China can management North Korea, primary.

Quantity two, I’ve made it clear to President Xi Jinping that I assumed they’d an obligation to aim to make it clear to North Korea that they need to not interact in long-range nuclear assessments.  And I made it clear as properly that in the event that they did — “they” that means North Korea — that we must take sure actions that may be extra defensive on our behalf, and it might not be directed towards North Korea — I imply — excuse me — it might not be directed towards China, however it might be to ship a transparent message to North Korea.  We’re going to defend our allies, in addition to American soil and American capability.

And so — however I don’t assume that — it’s troublesome to find out whether or not or not China has the capability.  I’m assured China isn’t on the lookout for North Korea to have interaction in additional escalatory means.  As a result of I made it clear — and I made it clear from the very starting, and final 12 months as properly, that we are going to do what it must defend our capability, to defend ourselves and our allies — South Korea, in addition to Japan — and that it might be — we’d be extra up within the face of China.  But it surely wouldn’t be due to China, it’d be due to what was happening in North Korea.

So — and, once more, on a variety of these points, we have now put collectively groups the place our Nationwide Safety Advisor, Secretary of Protection, and others are going to be partaking with their counterparts in China to see —

And we’re not going to have the ability to work the whole lot out.  I’m not suggesting it’s going — that is kumbaya, , all people goes go away with the whole lot in settlement.  However I don’t consider there’s a necessity for concern of a, as certainly one of you raised the reputable query, a brand new Chilly Battle.

And I feel that — I’ll conclude by saying it this fashion:

I need to be clear, and be clear with all leaders, however significantly with Xi Jinping, that I imply what I say and I say what I imply, so there’s no misunderstanding.  That’s the most important concern is — I’ve is a misunderstanding about intentions or actions on every of our elements.

So we needed to — I’ll have a look at my group — how lengthy did that assembly final?

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Three and a half hours.

THE PRESIDENT:  Three and a half hours.  So we lined an terrible lot of territory.  And — and I need to say that he was as simple as he has been with me previously.  And I — I feel that we perceive each other, which is a very powerful factor that may be achieved.

I assume all of you’re going swimming from right here.  It’s not far.  (Laughter.)  However —

Q    Mr. President, what ought to People anticipate from Congress because it pertains to abortion rights after the midterms?
THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t assume they’ll anticipate a lot of something aside from we’re going to keep up our positions. 

I’m not going to get into extra questions.  I shouldn’t even have answered your query.

Q    (Inaudible) codify?  You had stated you’ll attempt — you’ll plan to codify.

Q    Mr. President, will you’re taking —

THE PRESIDENT:  No, no, I don’t assume that —

Q    — a query from an Indonesian?
THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t assume there’s sufficient votes to codify, except one thing occurs uncommon within the Home.  I feel we’re going to get very shut within the Home.  However I don’t — I feel it’s going to be very shut, however I don’t assume we’re going to make it.


10:19 P.M. CIT

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