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Senate Democrat calls Xi-Putin summit a ‘three-day bro-fest celebrating authoritarian power’

Posted on AllSides March 22nd, 2023
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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) blasted Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia for “celebrating authoritarian power” on Tuesday.

“This was a three day bro-fest celebrating authoritarian power,” he said on “CNN This Morning.”

Merkley, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that China and Russia are “very comfortable” together and want to “flex their muscles” to the world. He said that the two countries have formed an “authoritarian bloc,” which is a “threat to freedom everywhere.”

“You have a China, which didn’t hesitate to run over the top of Hong Kong,” he...

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