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Biden-Xi Call Will Come Later Than the US Hoped as China Ties Fray

  • China has so far rebuffed US efforts to arrange the call
  • Officials had hoped it would happen soon after March 13
Biden and Xi
Biden and Xi

Source: Bloomberg

US officials now expect that a phone call between President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping won’t happen as soon as they had hoped, as ties between the world’s two biggest economies continue to fray, according to people familiar with the matter.

China’s leaders still haven’t responded to US requests to set up the call, which American officials had said would take place soon after an annual meeting of the country’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, concluded March 13, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private deliberations.