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Biden to Speak With Xi Friday in Bid to Keep Pressuring Putin

  • U.S. and Chinese presidents to hold first call since invasion
  • Biden officials struggle to understand China position on war
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Biden to Speak With China's Xi Friday to Pressure Putin
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President Joe Biden will seek Friday to coax Xi Jinping into ratcheting up pressure on Moscow to end its war in Ukraine, in his first phone call with the Chinese president since the invasion began.

U.S. officials have struggled to discern China’s position on the war, as Beijing has both avoided public criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin and offered rhetorical support for Ukraine.