Xi Jinping described as a “dictator”: China denounces “a provocation” by a German minister China on Monday denounced as “a political provocation” comments by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who called President Xi Jinping a “dictator.”
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“These comments are extremely absurd and constitute a serious attack on China’s political dignity as well as an open political provocation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said at a daily news conference.
Ms. Baerbock used the term “dictator” in an interview with Fox News on September 14, during a visit to the United States.
Referring to the war in Ukraine, he said: “If Putin won this war, what signal would that send to other dictators in the world, like Xi, like the Chinese president? That is why Ukraine must win this war.”
China is “very dissatisfied” with these comments and has made “solemn representations to the German side through diplomatic channels,” Mao Ning added.
Beijing is Germany’s largest trading partner, but in July it published a law aimed at becoming less dependent on this relationship and better protecting its strategic interests against an “increasingly offensive” China.
“We are realistic, but not naive,” warned Annalena Baerbock during the presentation of this text, whose Green party advocated a tougher attitude than that of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats and the Liberals, with whom it forms the ruling coalition in Germany.