China protests labeling of Xi Jinping as "Dictator"
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock

China protests labeling of Xi Jinping as "Dictator"

China protests German Foreign Minister's labeling of Xi Jinping as "Dictator"

Diplomatic dispute erupts

China has formally raised objections with Germany following comments made by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in which she referred to President Xi Jinping as a "dictator." These remarks were made during a live interview with Fox News, where Baerbock discussed Russia's war on Ukraine and its potential implications.

In response to Baerbock's comments, Mao Ning, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, dismissed the label as "extremely absurd" and asserted that it represented an affront to China's political dignity. Mao further described the remarks as an "open political provocation," underscoring the seriousness of the matter. China has conveyed its grievances to Germany.

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Baerbock's ongoing criticism of China

Baerbock's remarks are not isolated; she has been a vocal critic of China. In August, she asserted that China posed a challenge to the fundamental principles of global coexistence. She also expressed shock at certain aspects of her visit to China, suggesting that Beijing was evolving from a trade partner into a systemic rival. These comments reflect her persistent concerns about China's actions and policies.

Biden's earlier characterization

It's worth noting that Baerbock is not the only prominent figure to use the term "dictator" in reference to President Xi Jinping. In June, U.S. President Joe Biden also employed the term, following a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to China. This choice of words underscores the complex dynamics and tensions in international relations involving China.

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