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Biden says Xi Jinping is a “dictator” hours after meeting with the Chinese leader

US President Joe Biden doubled down on his earlier comments and called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “dictator” just hours after the two leaders met for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which he described as “ some of the most productive negotiations” he has ever had.

Asked by MJ Lee, from CNN if the president would still describe Xi Jinping as a dictator, as he has in the past, Biden said, “Well, look, he is.”

“He is a dictator in the sense that he is a man who runs a country that is communist,” Biden said, adding that the Chinese government “is totally different from ours.”

See also: Biden and Xi Jinping meet in the USA

Biden previously compared Xi Jinping to dictators during a June political fundraiser in California, while discussing the Chinese leader’s reaction to U.S. fighter jets shooting down a Chinese balloon in February.

In a meeting, Biden and Xi Jinping agreed that China would prevent the export of items related to the production of the opioid fentanyl, one of the main causes of drug overdoses in the United States. “This will save lives,” Biden said, adding that he appreciated Xi’s “commitment” on this issue.

Source: CNN Brasil

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