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Biden Faces Fresh Showdown With Xi Despite Talk of Summit

  • Possible Pelosi trip to Taiwan raises heat after meeting
  • Beijing, Washington locked in cycle of talking while fighting
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Biden, China’s Xi Directed Aides to Plan In-Person Meeting

President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping ended their call Thursday with plans to hold their first face-to-face summit, but the US and China are unlikely to halt their bickering in the months before the two leaders finally meet. 

The world’s two largest economies risk a fresh showdown as US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicks off an Asian tour Friday that could include a stop in Taiwan. China has warned of a “firm and strong” response to any such trip, raising the specter of a military show of force.