President Biden on Friday reminisced about his travels with Chinese President Xi Jinping after diplomats representing Xi at a summit meeting in Alaska delivered an anti-American diatribe and mocked Biden’s frequent claim to approach China from a “position of strength.”
Biden did not acknowledge the shockingly harsh Chinese attack and instead launched into reflections on his relationship with Xi during a trip to Atlanta.
“I was with Xi Jinping of China, spent more time with him I’m told than any world leader because he was vice president, I was vice president. His president and mine wanted us to get to know one another because it was clear he was going to become president,” Biden told staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I spent, traveled 17,000 miles with him in China and the United States and Asia generally, and met with him I guess they tell me 24-25 hours alone, just me and an interpreter and he and an interpreter.”
He joked: “And by the way, I handed in all my notes.”
Biden concluded with a story he frequently tells: “But all kidding aside, he asked me right on the Tibetan Plateau, he asked me, he said to me, ‘Can you define America for me?’ I said, ‘Yeah, one word. And I mean it. One word: possibilities’,” Biden said.
The president has not publicly acknowledged the withering verbal attack on his Secretary of State Tony Blinken and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, who did not walk out of the talks in Anchorage in response to the sharp words.
As he left the White House for the trip to Georgia on Friday, Biden said he was “very proud” of Blinken.
The Chinese diplomats publicly accused the US of hypocrisy on human rights, democratic values and cyber warfare.
Aboard Air Force One, White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre downplayed the struggle session, saying the Biden administration believes it was intended for a domestic Chinese…