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Biden compares Xi Jinping to ‘dictators’ despite the fact that Washington and Beijing are working to improve relations.

Tuesday night, President Joe Biden made unscripted remarks at a political fundraiser in California in which he compared Chinese President Xi Jinping to “dictators.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken had just claimed that his recent trip had resulted in “progress” in mending the strained ties between Washington and Beijing.

“Xi Jinping got quite unhappy when I shot that balloon down, because he didn’t know it had two boxcars full of surveillance equipment in it. No, I mean it.” President Joe Biden recently spoke at a fundraiser in the Bay Area, where he referred to the recent downing of a Chinese surveillance balloon by the United States as an example of how embarrassing it is for dictators when they are in the dark about what transpired.

The president’s off-topic comments were made during a particularly critical period in ties between the United States and China. On Monday, Washington’s top diplomat stated that the United States and China had made “progress” in repairing their strained relationship and had agreed on the need to “stabilize” their bilateral ties.

On Wednesday, Mao Ning, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, condemned Biden’s comments as “open political provocation” and “extremely absurd and irresponsible.”

Mao said, “The comments seriously go against basic facts, seriously break diplomatic rules, and seriously hurt China’s political dignity.”

In response to the president’s remarks, White has been contacted.

In his comments, Biden lauded Blinken’s efforts to mend the rift, saying, “He did a good job,” and adding that it will “take time” to fully mend the rift. Biden told funders at a second event on Tuesday that US climate envoy John Kerry would hopefully be visiting China “pretty soon” to discuss environmental issues.

Blinken, who is the first US secretary of state to visit Beijing in five years, recently wrapped up two days of meetings with top Chinese officials, including Xi, in the city. While there were no significant developments, both sides agreed to keep up their diplomatic efforts.

“We will not be able to resolve all of our issues in one day,” Monday, Blinken stated at a news conference in Beijing. “On the other hand, based on the parameters we established for this voyage, we have made substantial progress and are moving forward.”

Even as recently as this past weekend, Biden told reporters that he is hoping to meet with Xi within the “next several months.”

On Tuesday, the President provided more specifics about the increasing tension between the two nations. As for China’s leader, he was “embarrassed” over the balloon incident, but “he was really upset about” President Joe Biden’s efforts to unite the United States, India, Australia, and Japan as a counterweight to an increasingly assertive China since he took office.

According to Biden, the Chinese president contacted him and told him not to do it because it would place him in a difficult position. We’re merely trying to uphold international norms regarding free passage of air and water.

The Chinese government has maintained that the balloon was a civilian airship that went off course by accident; on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao reiterated this position while accusing the United States of “distorting the facts.”

The United States is stepping up its diplomatic outreach to countries in the South Pacific as part of a larger goal to reengage with the region. This includes increasing interaction with the leaders of the Quad, formally known as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.

China’s growing assertiveness in the region, along with its naval expansion and militarization of South China Sea islands, has increased Washington’s focus on the area.

This is a time of unprecedented cooperation between India, Australia, Japan, and the United States in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. Biden stated in California that he has met with all 50 of the main maritime states in East Asia.

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