Biden says he expects to speak with Chinese Xi in 10 days

US President Joe Biden speaks to the media on July 20, 2022, after disembarking from Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

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BEIJING — US President Joe Biden has said he plans to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping by the end of the month.

He did not specify the reasons for the call or the planned discussion topics. China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The two leaders last spoke in March, mainly about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. China declined to call the attack an invasion.

“I think I will be talking to President Xi in the next 10 days,” Biden told reporters Wednesday Eastern Time, according to a White House transcript.

Asked if he thinks US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi should visit Taiwan this summer, Biden said: “The military thinks it’s not a good idea at the moment, but I don’t know what the status is.”

The Financial Times reported this week, citing sources, that Pelosi planned to take a delegation to Taiwan in August – the first visit by someone in his position in 25 years.

China has warned that it will take “strong and resolute measures” if such a trip were to take place, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a press briefing.

Taiwan is a democratically self-governing island that Beijing considers part of its territory. China has maintained that it seeks peaceful reunification with Taiwan.

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