Nov 16, 2023, 01:31PM ISTSource: TOI.in
US President Joe Biden reiterated his belief that his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, is a dictator, casting a shadow over what both sides had characterized as their most productive meeting to date. At the conclusion of his press conference Wednesday, Biden responded to a question from a US journalist about whether he stood by a comment he made in June calling Xi a dictator. The remark was denounced at the time by the Chinese foreign ministry, which called the comment “absurd” and a “provocation.” “Well, look, he is,” Biden said Wednesday. “I mean he’s a dictator in the sense that he is the guy who runs a country which is a communist country based on a form of government totally different from ours.” The remark could undermine gains made during four hours of talks between the Chinese and US presidents. Biden said the two countries had come to important agreements on fighting fentanyl distribution, resuming military-to-military communications at a senior level, and establishing an understanding where either leader could call the other directly to resolve any miscommunication.