June 21 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has called his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, a “dictator”, in a statement that took place a day after the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, visited Beijing to improve tense relations. bilateral between the two countries.
Biden has pointed out at a fundraising event in California that the Chinese leader is a dictator who was upset when a balloon was shot down in February because he was unaware outside of espionage.
“The reason why Xi Jinping got very angry when I shot down that balloon (which had) two boxes full of spy equipment is that he did not know they were there. That has been the great shame of dictators, when they did not know what they were doing. had happened,” Biden said.
The US president has pointed out that “that (the spy team) was not supposed to be there.” “When he was shot down he was very ashamed and denied he was there,” he added.
“Now we are in a situation where he (Xi) wants to have a relationship again. Antony Blinken has just been there, he has done a good job and it will take time,” he asserted.
These remarks by Biden come after the Secretary of State has paid a visit to China, where he has also met with Xi’s top foreign policy adviser, Wang Yi, and Chinese Foreign Minister, Qin Gang, after weeks of tensions between both powers.
Blinken arrived in Beijing on Sunday to defuse tensions between the two countries, sparked mainly by US support for Taiwan and Chinese military maneuvers around the island in response, as well as recent speculation of spying attempts by Chinese part.
For his part, US President Joe Biden said on Saturday that he hopes to meet with Xi in the coming months, noting that Chinese leaders do not appear to be privy to details about the Chinese hot air balloon shot down in the United States in February. “China has some legitimate difficulties that have nothing to do with the United States,” he said.