- China’s Anger at Germany
- Xi Jinping Called “Dictator”
- Berlin’s Ambassador Summoned
China has expressed strong disapproval towards Germany following its foreign minister’s characterization of Xi Jinping as a “dictator” and the subsequent summoning of Berlin’s ambassador for a rebuke. This marks another instance of escalating tensions between China, led by Xi Jinping, and a Western democratic nation over the way in which the Chinese leader is described on the international stage.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock made these statements during an interview with Fox News while visiting the United States last week. When asked about Russia’s ongoing conflict in Ukraine, she remarked, “If Putin were to emerge victorious in this conflict, what message would that send to other authoritarian leaders worldwide, such as Xi, the President of China?”
On Sunday, the Chinese government summoned Patricia Flor, Germany’s ambassador to China, to register their protest against Baerbock’s statements, as confirmed by a spokesperson from the German foreign ministry during an interview with CNN on Monday.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs conveyed its strong displeasure with Baerbock’s remarks, firmly denouncing them. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning, during a routine news briefing on Monday, stated, “Germany’s statements are exceedingly absurd