China criticized on Thursday the words of US President Joe Biden, who also called his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, a “dictator”, shortly after their bilateral meeting in San Francisco.
“This statement is extremely wrong and constitutes an irresponsible political act. “China strongly opposes it,” Foreign Spokesperson Mao Ning said today in a press conference.
Biden reiterated on Wednesday that his counterpart from China is a “dictator” during a press conference held after meeting with him for more than four hours in a mansion known as ‘Filoli’, about 40 kilometers from in the center of San Francisco and on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
“It should be noted that there are always people with ulterior motives who try to provoke and damage China-US relations,” the spokesperson added.
Challenging relations between China and the US
According to Mao, “those people know very well who is trying to challenge the relationship between China and the United States” and stressed that in this regard “they will not succeed either.”
Biden’s words were in response to a journalist who shouted at the tenant of the White House if he still considered Xi a “dictator”, to which the American leader replied: “Well, look, he is.”
Before that, the first face-to-face meeting in a year between the two leaders ended, a four-hour meeting at the “Filoli” mansion, a beautiful property 40 kilometers from San Francisco where they also had lunch and walked. companion.
In a fundraiser for his re-election campaign for the 2024 elections held in June, Biden called Xi a “dictator” for the first time, which caused a major uproar in the Asian giant.