Biden and Xi make plans to meet in person amid Taiwan tensions

Biden and Xi make plans to meet in person amid Taiwan tensions


President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to meet face-to-face during their highly anticipated two-hour phone call, according to the White House.

A senior administration official who joined Biden in the Oval Office for the pair’s fifth call, their first since March, described the conversation as “substantive,” “in-depth,” and ”candid.” But amid China’s furor over reports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to travel to Taiwan during her Asia trip, she said the discussion turned “direct” and “honest” when it broached the self-governing island.

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In response to China’s post-call warning that the U.S. is “playing with fire” regarding Taiwan, the official said Xi deployed “similar language” with Biden

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