According to an early Thursday statement from China’s embassy, the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Xie Feng, has lodged a serious protest against President Joe Biden’s recent comments regarding Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Beijing urges immediate action from the United States to rectify the situation, warning that any failure would lead to the U.S. bearing all subsequent consequences.
Biden’s ‘dictator’ remark exacerbates US-China relations
This diplomatic strain follows Biden’s reference to Xi as a “dictator” during a fundraising event on Tuesday, stirring outrage in China.
This flare-up comes as a surprising twist just a day after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Beijing, intending to stabilize the superpowers’ relations.
US-China ties unlikely to worsen despite controversy
Despite the unfolding controversy, analysts believe neither country will let this incident jeopardize efforts to enhance bilateral ties.
As of Thursday, China’s official media outlets had not reported on this contentious issue.
Chinese Ambassador vehemently ‘protests’ Biden’s comment
On Wednesday, the Chinese Ambassador, Xie Feng, strongly protested Biden’s remarks in discussions with senior White House and U.S. State Department officials.
The embassy’s statement affirmed, “The Chinese government and people do not accept any political provocation against China’s top leader and will resolutely respond.”
China demands immediate rectification of comment by U. S
Beijing urges the U.S. to take sincere actions promptly to negate the adverse effect of Biden’s remarks and honor its commitments, warning of all ensuing consequences should this not occur.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning criticized Biden’s comments on Wednesday as “extremely absurd” and “irresponsible,” stating they gravely violated the facts, diplomatic norms, and China’s political dignity and amounted to an “open political provocation.”
U.S anticipates future relations with China despite controversy
On the U.S. front, Deputy State Department Spokesperson Vedant Patel stated on Wednesday that the U.S. still expected diplomatic engagements with China “in due course, when the time is appropriate.”
Patel assured that while Biden believed diplomacy to be the best way forward, the U.S. needed to be more straightforward about their differences.
“That does not mean, of course, we will not be blunt and forthright about our differences,” he said
Biden’s remark undermines ‘mutual trust’
China’s embassy emphasized that Biden’s comments were incompatible with commitments previously made by the U.S., thereby undermining mutual trust.
The statement also highlighted Biden’s earlier assertion that the U.S. respects China’s system, doesn’t seek to change it, and does not intend a new Cold War.
Biden’s statement causes strain between ‘superpowers’
The embassy statement said, “But with the latest irresponsible remarks about China’s political system and top leader, people cannot help but question the sincerity of the U.S. side,” indicating the strain Biden’s remarks have put on the relationship between the two superpowers.
The diplomatic road ahead seems fraught with challenges, calling for cautious navigation and actions that honor commitments from both sides.
Expert urges careful management of U. S-China tension
International relations expert Dr. Ming Lee from the East Asia Institute provided additional context:” Such an occurrence isn’t unprecedented.”
“World leaders have been known to make off-the-cuff remarks that stir diplomatic tension, but what matters most is how they address these issues afterward.
“It’s crucial for both sides to manage this situation carefully to prevent a further escalation.”