WOODSIDE, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 15: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a news conference at the Filoli Estate on November 15, 2023 in Woodside, California. The news conference follows a meeting between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ week, their first since meeting at the Indonesian island resort of Bali in November 2022. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Joe Biden again called his Chinese counterpart a dictator — a move that could potentially unravel the progress made between the world’s two leading powers.
“Well, look, he is,” Biden said Wednesday after the two leaders met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in San Francisco.
“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.”
At its regular daily press conference in Beijing Thursday, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs slammed Biden’s comment as “extremely incorrect and irresponsible political manipulation.”
“There are always some careless individuals attempting to sow discord and damage China-U.S. relations, but their attempts will not succeed,” said Mao Ning, the China Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson.