WASHINGTON — President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping held a phone meeting that faced a number of frictions as a possible trip to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatens to add fresh tension to deeply strained ties.
For the two leaders, Thursday’s virtual meeting was their fifth since Biden took office. Their last conversation in March was dominated by Russia’s military attack on Ukraine with questions about Beijing’s partnership with Moscow. Officials on both sides see such meetings as an effective, potentially stabilizing channel, since Messrs. Biden and Xi have known each other for more than a decade since they both served as vice presidents.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-chinas-xi-talk-as-a-pelosi-trip-to-taiwan-threatens-to-inject-new-tensions-11659013042 Biden, China’s Xi Talk as a Pelosi Trip to Taiwan Threatens to Inject New Tensions