Biden says Chinese President Xi Jinping ‘doesn’t have democratic bones’ in his body

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Biden says Chinese President Xi Jinping 'doesn't have democratic bones' in his body


President Joe Biden said he did not intend to seek a conflict with China, but criticized the country’s leader, Xi Jinping.
Mr Biden made the comments at a press conference Thursday.

The president said he has known the Chinese leader from his days as vice president under Barack Obama.

“He doesn’t have democratic bones – with a little bone in his body, but he’s a smart, smart guy,” Biden said.

Mr Biden also compared the Chinese leader to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“He’s one of the guys like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, who thinks autocracy is the wave of the future [and that] democracy cannot work in an always complex world, ”he said.

The president pledged to prevent China from becoming the “richest” country and the “leader” in the world by relying on allies and stimulating US investment in technology.

“I see fierce competition with China,” Biden said. “China has a global goal, and I’m not criticizing it for that goal, but its overall goal is to become the first country in the world, the richest country in the world, and the most powerful country in the world. This will not happen under my watch, because the United States will continue to grow and develop.

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