Published on November 16, 2023, 4:49 pm
US President Joe Biden has once again referred to Chinese President XI Jinping as a ‘dictator,’ sparking a strong response from Beijing. This comment came shortly after the two leaders held lengthy talks in California, highlighting the escalating tensions between the United States and China. In response, Beijing expressed strong opposition to Biden’s remark, labeling it as ‘irresponsible political manipulation.’ Biden stated to reporters, “Look, he is. He’s a dictator in the sense that he’s a guy who runs a country that is a communist country that’s based on a form of government totally different than ours.” It is worth noting that this is not the first time Biden has referred to Xi as a dictator; he made similar comments back in June earlier this year.
The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson criticized Biden’s comment without explicitly naming him. The spokesperson said, “This statement is extremely wrong and irresponsible political manipulation. It should be pointed out that there will always be some people with ulterior motives who attempt to incite and drive a wedge between China-US relations. They are doomed to fail.” While Xi appeared to brush off the comment during an audience hours later, stating that growing ties between the US and China were crucial for both countries. He said, “I believe that once the door to China-US relations is opened, it will not be closed again. China is ready to be a partner and friend of the United States.”
During their meeting, the US and China agreed to resume high-level military-to-military communication and counter-narcotics cooperation. In addition, they exchanged views on key regional and global challenges while affirming the need to address both the risks associated with advanced artificial intelligence systems and improve AI safety through government talks.
These recent developments highlight the delicate relationship between these two global powers as they grapple with various issues on multiple fronts. The US-China relationship will continue to be closely watched by observers worldwide due to its impact on geopolitical dynamics and the global economy.