President Joe Biden revealed in a speech to the graduating class of the US Naval Academy that Chinese President Xi Jinping had warned him that democracy was declining and that “dictators will run the world.”
Joe Biden, who recently traveled to Asia to meet with quad leaders (heads of state of India, Japan, Australia and the United States), had a phone call with Xi Jinping on the day he was elected the 46th president. United States. Speaking on the phone, the US president said: “We live in a global battle between dictatorship and democracy. And I will remember – and with me – I have met Xi Jinping more than any other world leader. He congratulated me on election night. He said, “Democracy cannot survive in the 21st century. Dictatorship will run the world.” Why? “Things are changing so fast. Democracy needs a consensus, and it takes time, and your He has no time. He is wrong. “
Tune in while speaking at the 2022 Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony of the United States Naval Academy. https://t.co/tp5scdwgNh
– President Biden (Potash) May 27, 2022
He added: “Each of you, when you go out of the world, will not only be a proud member of the United States Armed Forces, you will be the representative and protector of our democracy. It sounds bad but, literally, our democracy. That is why you are making me swear by the constitution, not as your commander-in-chief or any political leader. “
Relations between China and the United States have always been strained, with their different official philosophies at the center of those differences.
Recent tensions between the two countries have centered on the Taiwan issue, which China believes is part of its nation but has a separate government with the United States. During his meeting with Quad leaders, Biden reiterated Washington’s commitment to ensuring the security of the Taiwan system and to unilaterally prevent any change in the status quo.
Asked if the United States was ready to take military action to protect Taiwan, he replied in the affirmative, adding that it was a promise the United States had made.
In response, China said the United States was playing with fire.