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China hits out at German FM's 'dictator' Xi comment

Beijing speaks of "an open political provocation"

18 September, 14:20

(ANSA-AFP) - BEIJING, SEP 18 - China lashed out against German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Monday for calling President Xi Jinping a "dictator", branding the comment "an open political provocation" that was "extremely absurd".
    Beijing is Berlin's top trade partner but Germany published a new policy in July to contend with a more "assertive" China after months of wrangling within the government over its strategy. Baerbock, who has pushed for a more hawkish line, made the remarks in a Fox News interview on September 14 during a visit to the United States. While talking about the Ukraine war, she said: "If Putin were to win this war, what sign would that be for other dictators in the world, like Xi, like the Chinese president? So therefore Ukraine has to win this war." China said on Monday it was "strongly dissatisfied" and that it had made "solemn representations to the German side through diplomatic channels". (ANSA-AFP).

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