The White House said that US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will have a phone call on the 18th.
White House Press Secretary Jen Saki said in a statement on the 17th that it was “part of an ongoing effort to maintain an open line of communication between the United States and China.” “The two leaders will discuss the management of competition between the two countries, as well as Russias invasion of Ukraine and other issues of mutual interest,” Saki said.
The meeting between the two leaders is the first direct communication since Russias invasion of Ukraine, the first in four months since the video summit on November 15 last year. The call is interpreted as a warning about Chinas move to support Russia while President Biden orders Xi to play a mediating role.
The two leaders are also expected to exchange views on the pending issues on the Korean Peninsula and the Taiwan issue, which has been engulfed in tension by North Koreas successive armed protests.
[Photo source: AP · Shinhwa = Yonhap News]