GermanyThe government confirmed today that Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock had recently called President Xi JinpingXi JinpingAfter becoming a “dictator”,BeijingAuthorities summoned the German Ambassador to China Patricia Flor.
When Berber was asked about Russia’s war in Ukraine during an interview with Fox News last week, he said: “If (Russian President Vladimir Putin) wins the war, then it’s for other dictators in the world like China. “It will be very difficult. President Xi Jinping, what signal will this send?”
A German Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed to AFP that German Ambassador to China Furong was “summoned by the Chinese Foreign Ministry (Sunday)” because of Berberk’s comments.
Germany only confirmed that China had summoned Furong after Chinese officials expressed “strong dissatisfaction” over Berberk’s comments.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said at a regular press conference: “Germany’s comments are extremely ridiculous, seriously violate China’s political dignity, and are an open political provocation. China has responded to Germany through diplomatic channels. A strict representation has been lodged with the
As for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s views on Bielbarke’s comments, a German government spokesman declined to comment.
However, the spokesperson said it was clear that “China is ruled by a one-party dictatorship of the Communist Party, which is clearly not in line with our democratic concepts.”