Biden Says He Still Considers Xi A ‘Dictator’ Shortly After Meeting Him

Shortly after meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in the first face-to-face meeting in over a year, US President Joe Biden has said he still considers him a ‘dictator’. He made  the remark when he was asked if he held the same view as before about Xi during a press conference, and Biden said, “Well look he is, I mean he’s a dictator in the sense that he’s a guy who’s running a country, a Communist country, that’s based on a form of government totally different than ours.”

This comes after Biden said the leaders made ‘real progress’ in the crucial meeting and agreements were made on key issues such as military communications, artificial intelligence and curbs on drugs.

“We’re back to direct, open clear direct communication on a direct basis,” Biden said, adding that Xi agreed to high-level communications, as reported by Reuters. He said, “He and I agreed that each one of us can pick up the phone call directly and we’ll be heard immediately.”