Sun. Jun 16th, 2024
China Lodges Formal Complaint with Germany Over Foreign Minister's 'Dictator' Remark Targeting Xi Jinping

China Lodges Formal Complaint with Germany Over Foreign Minister’s ‘Dictator’ Remark Targeting Xi Jinping

China Lodges Formal Complaint with Germany Over Foreign Minister’s ‘Dictator’ Remark Targeting Xi Jinping

China has officially protested against Germany following comments by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who branded President Xi Jinping a “dictator“. The Chinese Foreign Ministry denounced this characterization as “absurd” and a “gross political provocation”. Baerbock’s comments were made during a live interview with Fox News last week in the context of Russia’s war on Ukraine. When questioned about the implications of a possible Russian victory, she commented, “If Putin wins this war, what signal will it be to other dictators in the world, like Xi, the Chinese president?”

China’s response

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning described Baerbock’s statement as “extremely absurd” and argued that it was an attack on China’s political dignity. Mao further revealed that China had officially lodged a complaint with Germany regarding this matter.

Bareback Stance

Baerbock has a history of openly criticizing China. In August, she asserted that China posed a challenge to “the foundation of global coexistence”. She had previously described elements of the visit to China as “shocking” and portrayed Beijing as developing into a systemic rival rather than a trading partner.

International Investigation

This incident is not isolated, as US President Joe Biden also referred to Xi as a “dictator” in June, which coincided with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to China aimed at stabilizing bilateral relations. The comments from both Germany and the United States underscore growing global scrutiny over China’s leadership and actions.

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