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How Biden fared in his (virtual) global debut as US President

February 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Without setting foot outside the White House, US President Joe Biden arrived on the world stage Friday, not once but twice.

London (CNN)Without setting foot outside the White House, US President Joe Biden arrived on the world stage Friday, not once but twice.

Biden joined virtual meetings in London and Munich, almost inconceivable before the pandemic, with the leaders of his biggest European allies, who also remained closeted in their capitals.

Last November, Biden's predecessor President Donald Trump unceremoniously left the virtual G20 world leaders global summit in Riyadh, then next came into sight a short time later playing golf at one of his resorts.

Biden knows the non-virtual MSC very well.

This year's virtual event was likely boring by comparison, although if so it didn't show in Biden's early delivery, which was forthright, demanding and deserving of attention.

"Multilateralism has been strengthened by US President Biden being in office," the German leader said just before the virtual event began.

Merkel wasn't alone in signaling to Biden that the Europe he remembers is not the same one that was represented on Friday's virtual calls.

On China, another area of difference between the US and Europe, Biden wants his allies at his side, telling them: "You know, we must prepare together for a long-term strategic competition with China. "

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