Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Michael Bloomberg Says China Can Be Pressured But Doesn’t Use ‘Dictator’

  • Former New York mayor appears in first televised town hall
  • Bloomberg says ending NDAs could become a trend for companies
Michael Bloomberg
Michael BloombergPhotographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg said it’s unrealistic to think the U.S. can stop doing business with China but that as president he could simultaneously pressure Beijing to halt human rights abuses and become a more open society.

In a CNN town hall on Wednesday, Bloomberg declined to call Chinese President Xi Jinping a dictator, saying “it’s a question of what is a dictator,” and that while China is not a democracy, leaders are still chosen by a small group of people and are replaced periodically.