Biden slams Xi Jinping after secretary of state opposes Taiwanese independence

 June 22, 2023

In an attempt at improving frayed relations with China, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made a controversial visit to the communist nation this week.

Yet in a move that may leave some within his administration alarmed, President Joe Biden proceeded to undermine Blinken's efforts by publicly disparaging Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Fox News reported that Blinken raised eyebrows on Monday when he said at an event in Beijing that the United States does not "not support Taiwan independence."

Blinken was accused of showing weakness

China has been making aggressive moves towards Taiwan in recent years, leading conservatives to accuse the Biden administration of showing weakness.

"We remain opposed to any unilateral changes to the status quo by either side. We continue to expect the peaceful resolution of cross strait differences," he stressed.

"We remain committed to continuing our responsibilities under the Taiwan Relations Act including making sure Taiwan has the ability to defend itself," Blinken declared.

President claims balloon incident was "a great embarrassment for dictators"

However, Reuters reported that this didn't stop Biden from slamming China's leader while speaking at a fundraiser in California a day later when discussing his shooting down of a Chinese spy balloon.

"The reason why Xi Jinping got very upset in terms of when I shot that balloon down with two box cars full of spy equipment in it was he didn't know it was there," Biden said.

"That's a great embarrassment for dictators. When they didn't know what happened. That wasn't supposed to be going where it was. It was blown off course," he added.

Those remarks were not well received by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and were slammed by agency spokeswoman Mao Ning.

Professor says that "Biden's big mouth is a loose cannon"

"The relevant remarks by the U.S. side are extremely ridiculous and irresponsible, they seriously violate basic facts, diplomatic protocol and China's political dignity," CBS News quoted her as saying in a press briefing on Wednesday.

"China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to this," Mao continued while insisting that the balloon's entry into American airspace had been unintentional.

Meanwhile, Reuters noted that Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai director Wu Xinbo said "Biden's big mouth is a loose cannon."

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