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“I’ve spent more time with in private meetings with Xi Jinping than any world leader.”

— Democratic Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, quoted on May 2, 2020

Xi Jinping “is a guy who wants to feel it and taste it, and he’s prepared to show another side of the Chinese leadership.”

— Democratic Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, 2012

Xi Jinping “is a guy who doesn’t have a democratic — with a small d — bone in his body. This is a guy who is a thug.”

– Democratic Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, February, 2020

(Sources: “Biden Aims to Out-Tough Trump on China While Invoking His Obama Experience,” by Warren P. Strobel and Sabrina Siddiqui, The Wall Street Journal, May 2, 2020, https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-aims-to-out-tough-trump-on-china-while-invoking-his-obama-experience-11588420801 and “‘This is a guy who is a thug’: how the US elite became hawks on Xi’s China,” by Demitri Sevastopulo, Financial Times, October 8, 2020, https://www.ft.com/content/75ce186e-41f7-4a9c-bff9-0f502c81e456)