No, Biden did not wear a ‘Mao suit’ to meet Xi Jinping

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A video of Joe Biden wearing a high-collared grey shirt has gone viral online, with users claiming it shows the US president wearing a ‘Mao suit’ during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday 14 November. However, the footage was actually taken two days earlier, on Saturday 12 November, and shows Biden wearing a traditional garment from Cambodia during an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Phnom Penh.

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  • Social media users have been sharing what they say is a video of US President Joe Biden wearing a ‘Mao suit’ to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping

  • The video has been viewed more than 3.4 million times on TikTok

  • However, the clip actually shows Biden wearing a traditional Cambodian garment during an ASEAN summit. Towards the end of the video, the letters ‘ASEAN’ can be seen on a screen in the background

  • Biden did meet Xi Jinping on Monday 14 November, but both men were photographed in Western-style business suits

  • Wearing traditional dress at ASEAN summits is a custom for attending world leaders.

The fact-check, in detail:

Social media users have been taking a video of US President Joe Biden at an ASEAN summit out of context, saying it shows him wearing an outfit in the style of Mao Zedong, the Communist authoritarian leader who ruled China from 1949 until 1976. According to the social media posts, Biden supposedly wore this ‘Mao suit’ to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday.

On the shared video, there is a Tiktok watermark that leads to the profile of @mr.ravuth187.


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