Secretary of State Antony Blinken refused Sunday to say whether Chinese President Xi Jinping is a dictator, receiving no pushback from CNN’s Dana Bash as the interview concluded.
Blinken visited the communist nation in mid-June, making key concessions to the Chinese Communist Party while failing to secure a military communication agreement. Blinken was also there to emphasize the Biden administration was not seeking conflict with Beijing.
Biden called Xi a “dictator” on Tuesday night and labeled China a country with “real economic difficulties,” prompting backlash from the nation.
“I have to ask you about China. You just went to Beijing last week. It was an attempt to smooth frayed relations with China. Two days later, President Biden called Xi Jinping a ‘dictator,’ which angered China so much that they issued an official diplomatic reprimand to the U.S. ambassador,” Bash said. “Was the president wrong to call Xi Jinping a dictator?” (RELATED: Blinken Says Spy Balloon Incident Is Water Under The Bridge).
“Dana, it is very clear that when it comes to China, we are going to do and say things that they don’t like, they are going to do and say things that we don’t like. If you