Biden Insults China’s President After Meeting

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( – President Biden, during a recent interaction with the media, labeled Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “dictator.” This remark followed a detailed recount of agreements made between the two leaders. Biden’s candid comment in California after a lengthy meeting with Xi could further strain the delicate relationship between the United States and China, both global economic leaders.

Biden’s description of Xi as a dictator stemmed from his view of China’s communist governance, contrasting sharply with the democratic system of the United States. This statement came after the two heads of state concluded a significant meeting at the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in San Francisco. They engaged in extensive discussions, covering various topics, including military communications, the issue of fentanyl entering the U.S., the upcoming elections in Taiwan, advancements in artificial intelligence, and the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East.

Their interaction lasted around four hours, including a private lunch and a stroll around the Filoli estate, allowing for more personal dialogue.

Notably, this isn’t the first instance this year of President Biden referring to Xi in this manner. Biden made a similar comment in June at a fundraiser in the San Francisco area. He suggested that Xi’s dictatorial status was evident when the Chinese leader was reportedly unsettled by the U.S. military’s downing of a Chinese spy balloon in February. Biden explained to the donors present that Xi’s ignorance of the balloon’s presence was a significant embarrassment for him, highlighting a characteristic vulnerability of dictators.

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