Last week’s meeting between the two leaders was ‘a bust from Biden’s perspective’ but ‘a win for Xi,’ the Florida governor said.
Presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that last week’s meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping was “a big win” for Mr. Xi “in terms of the propaganda.”
“You had American business leaders paying $40,000 to be able to sit with him at dinner. [Mr. Xi] got a rousing ovation from a lot of American CEOs,” Mr. DeSantis said in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” on Nov. 19. The Biden–Xi meeting was “already being played in China as an example of China basically being America’s equal on the world stage.”
President Biden, however, got nothing from the meeting with Mr. Xi in San Francisco, Mr. DeSantis said.
“It was a bust from Biden’s perspective,” he said.
Mr. DeSantis agreed with the president that Mr. Xi is a dictator, citing the regime’s human rights abuses in the far-western Xinjiang region, as well as in other parts across China, accusing Mr. Xi of “ruling the country with an iron fist.”
“They talk about cooperating for fentanyl, as if China doesn’t know the fentanyl is being sent to Mexico and into the United States,” Mr. DeSantis said. “Of course, they know. This is part of their national strategy to hurt this country.”
The White House didn’t immediately respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment.
Hard Stance on the CCP
Mr. DeSantis has been known as hawkish on communist China, repeatedly saying that the Chinese regime is the top geopolitical threat to the United States.
Mr. DeSantis warned that “this is a formidable threat, and it requires a whole-of-society approach.” He proposed that “the United States has to treat the threat posed by the CCP the same way we treated the threat posed by the Soviet Union.”
The GOP presidential candidate noted that the United States must “take back control of our economy from China” and end “an abusive, asymmetric relationship between our two countries” that only benefits the CCP and Western “elites” that have sold out workers and taxpayers.
In Florida, Mr. DeSantis has taken steps to stop the CCP’s influence in the Sunshine State.
In May, the Florida governor signed legislation banning Chinese entities from buying properties in Florida. The law also prohibits citizens from a “foreign country of concern” from owning properties on or within 10 miles of military installations and other “critical infrastructure” in the state.
In 2021, Mr. DeSantis signed legislation banning Confucius Institutes on college campuses to counter the CCP’s influence in Florida. In May, he suspended school choice scholarships from four schools over their alleged ties to the CCP.
John Haughey contributed to this article.