President Joe Biden is set to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as tensions between Beijing and Washington have mounted.
The planned virtual meeting will be the third conversation between the pair since Biden took office at the beginning of the year, and the first since new outlets reported in mid-October that China had in August tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile — causing alarm among US intelligence officials.
They spoke most recently on Sept. 9, when Xi rebuffed Biden’s request for an in-person discussion with the aim of easing tensions between the world powers. The leaders did not speak about the COVID-19 pandemic during the call, according to the White House.
The Monday meeting comes on the heels of the US testing Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system on Guam, due to military officials’ concern