‘Extremely absurd’ to call Xi a dictator – POLITICAL

Extremely absurd to call Xi a dictator – POLITICAL | ltc-a

China reacted to US President Joe Biden on Wednesday recent comment that his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping was a dictator.

“It is a blatant political provocation. China expresses strong dissatisfaction and opposition, » said Mao Ning, spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, at a regular press conference. ap reported.

« The US remarks are extremely absurd and irresponsible, » Mao added.

China’s response comes a day after Biden, speaking at an election event in California, compared Xi to a dictator in reference to the United States to break down a Chinese spy balloon in February.

“The reason Xi Jinping got so angry when I shot down that balloon with two train cars full of spy gear is that he didn’t know it was there,” Biden She said. « That was the great embarrassment for dictators, when they didn’t know what happened. »

The row is likely to complicate efforts to improve already strained Sino-US relations.

On Monday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken encountered with Xi during a high-stakes trip to Beijing aimed at easing rising tensions between the two superpowers.