- The US and China have agreed to restore high-level military communication and take steps to curb fentanyl production following a meeting Wednesday between President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping.
- “We’re back to direct, open, clear, direct communications,” Biden said during a rare news conference following his summit. “Vital miscalculations on either side can cause real, real trouble with a country like China or any other major country.”
- Biden characterized the talks with Xi as “some of the most constructive and productive discussions we’ve had.” But he also doubled down on previous comments that he believes the Chinese president is a dictator.
- Chinese state media said Xi called on the United States to “not scheme to suppress or contain China.” He also urged the US to stop arming Taiwan and support China’s “peaceful reunification,” state media said.
Biden says Xi is a “dictator” hours after summit
President Joe Biden doubled down on his previous comments and called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “dictator” just hours after the two leader met for a summit, which he described as “some of the most productive” talks.
Asked by CNN’s MJ Lee if the president would still describe Xi 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 guy who runs a country that is communist,” Biden said, adding that the Chinese government “is totally different than ours.”