Biden, Xi hold phone call ahead of Yellen’s trip to China

Source: CNBC

“President Joe Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the phone Tuesday, a call the White House described as a way for the two leaders to ‘check in’ and responsibly manage the strained U.S.-China relationship. ‘Intense competition requires intense diplomacy to manage tensions, address misperceptions and prevent unintended conflict,’ a senior administration official said on a call with reporters on Monday. ‘This call is one way to do that.’ During the call with Xi, the first such phone meeting since July 2022, Biden planned to raise a host of U.S. concerns, the official said. … On Wednesday, Biden’s top economic envoy, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, is scheduled to depart for China to hold face-to-face meetings with her counterparts over five days in Guangzhou and Beijing. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also plans to visit China later this year.” (04/02/24)