Joe Biden State of the Union (SOTU) Address Live Updates: US will act to protect if China threatens its sovereignty, says President Biden

State of the Union 2023: Biden declares US democracy ‘bruised but unbowed and unbroken’; Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been a test for the ages, says the US President.

State of the Union 2023: US President Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union address Wednesday. While addressing the gathering, he said that the US will act to protect if Beijing threatens its sovereignty. Amidst growing tension with China over a suspected surveillance balloon, Biden said: “I am committed to working with China where it can advance American interests and benefit the world. But make no mistake: as we made clear last week, if China threatens our sovereignty, we will act to protect our country. And we did.”

Referring to the ongoing war in Europe, Biden said, as he slammed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for his military aggression, that the invasion of Ukraine by Russia has been a test for the ages, and a test for the world. “Would we stand for the most basic of principles? Would we stand for sovereignty? Would we stand for the right of people to live free from tyranny? Would we stand for the defence of democracy?” Biden posed a series of questions in his second speech.

Asserting that the US democracy was “unbowed”, Biden pledged to work with the Republican party and cited progress in a post-pandemic economy and stressed that a bitterly divided Congress could overcome its differences. “We’re often told that Democrats and Republicans can’t work together. But over the past two years, we proved the cynics and the naysayers wrong,” said Biden. “To my Republican friends, if we could work together in the last Congress, there is no reason we can’t work together and find consensus on important things in this Congress as well.”

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