On Tuesday, Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping met with U.S. President Joe Biden for the first time in over a year at the historic Filoli Estate near Northern California’s coastal range.
The encounter had an awkward start when Xi Jinping’s vehicle made an overly wide turn that almost led to a collision with a U.S. Marine.
At the meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, progress was made in areas such as combatting fentanyl and restoring military communications.
This was seen as a positive development for U.S.-China relations. However, following the meeting Biden referred to Xi as a “dictator” in an off-the-cuff remark.
Fortunately, the incident did not escalate further due to a Marine taking a step backward, had they not done so, there is no doubt that Jinping’s driver would have hit the Marine.
Biden calls Xi Jinping a dictator after face-to-face meeting
“He is a dictator in the sense that he runs a communist-based country that is completely different from ours,” the US president said.
Beijing responded by criticizing Biden's statement.
Nice ending of the visit 🤣… pic.twitter.com/dKY94oUNrp
— Jürgen Nauditt 🇩🇪🇺🇦 (@jurgen_nauditt) November 16, 2023