© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on climate change and renewable energy at the site of the former Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts, U.S. July 20, 2022. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst
By Jeff Mason and Trevor Hunnicutt
US President Joe Biden plans to speak with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in the coming days at a time of simmering tensions between the countries.
“I think I’ll be talking to President Xi within the next 10 days,” Biden told reporters on his return from a climate-related trip to Massachusetts.
The long-planned phone call between the two leaders will come at a critical time amid ongoing tensions over Taiwan’s status and as the Biden administration considers sharply reducing tariffs on goods. goods imported from China to help reduce inflationary pressures on US consumers.
Biden cast doubt on the trip planned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit Taiwan next month, saying, “I think the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now, but I don’t think so. know what its condition is.”