The President of the United States, Joe Biden has defended calling Chinese President Xi Jinping a ‘dictator’, just days after their countries hailed modest progress in cooling tensions.
During a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, Biden said his blunt statements about China are ‘just not something I’m going to change very much’.
‘I expect to be meeting with President Xi sometime in the future, near-term. And I don’t think it’s had any real consequence,’ he said.
The ‘dictator’ comment reportedly came at a campaign fundraiser in California earlier in the week. At the event, Biden described the Chinese leader as being out of the loop during an incident involving a Chinese spy balloon drifting over the US.