The US President said that he stands by his description of Xi Jinping as a “dictator”, hours after meeting with him in San Francisco.
China’s Foreign Ministry described Joe Biden’s description of President Xi Jinping as wrong and irresponsible. “dictator”.
But the US President doubled his description hours after meeting with his Chinese counterpart in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Biden was asked during a solo news conference following the talks whether he would still use that term “dictator” To describe Xi, as he did in June.
“Look, he is. He is a dictator in the sense that he is a man who runs a communist country based on a form of government very different from ours. He replied.
When asked about Biden’s comments during a press conference on Thursday, Mao Ning, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, said the statement was… “Totally wrong” And Beijing objected to that “Irresponsible political manipulation” Attempts were condemned “Sowing discord between the two countries”
Before the summit, the US president reportedly criticized Xi’s leadership during a fundraising campaign. Biden claimed that China, with Xi at the helm, was facing “real problems” and said it was “another example of how re-establishing US leadership in the world is taking hold,” according to media reports.
Mao responded to the statement on Wednesday, stressing that mutual respect was essential “Basic” To build bilateral relations. She said that all countries have some problems, and she expressed her hope that the United States could solve its own problems and improve the lives of its people.
The Biden administration has built its foreign policy around the idea of global confrontation between the two countries “Democracies” And “Authoritarian regimes” The last category includes countries opposed to Washington’s influence, including China and Russia.
In March, Biden hosted the so-called “Democracy Summit,” the second event of its kind. The self-administered Chinese island of Taiwan was on the guest list in what was seen as a disdain for Beijing.
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