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Reports: Biden may hold talks with Chinese President XI

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 14: (AFP OUT) US Vice President Joe Biden (right) and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping shake hands before an expanded bilateral meeting with other US and Chinese officials in the room Roosevelt from the White House February 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.  While in Washington, Vice President Xi will meet with Biden, President Barack Obama and other senior administration officials to discuss a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 14: (AFP OUT) US Vice President Joe Biden (right) and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping shake hands before an expanded bilateral meeting with other US and Chinese officials in the room Roosevelt from the White House February 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 9:22 a.m. PT – Friday, June 17, 2022

President Joe Biden is reportedly planning to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid speculation he could lift Trump-era tariffs on China. According to Bloomberg News on Thursday, the Biden administration has considered holding talks with Xi this summer amid attempts to bring down inflation in the United States.

“I think you might see some tariffs lifted,” said Greg Valliere, chief U.S. policy strategist at AGF Investments. “There’s a fight going on inside the administration right now. The New York Times had a good story about this yesterday, between people who think the tariff should be listed and people who say no.

The parties should discuss measures to be taken to prevent the escalation of mutual tensions. Previously, Biden officials condemned China for refusing to join anti-Russian sanctions and advancing its political influence in Southeast Asia.

In May, Biden landed in South Korea and met with new President Yoon Suk-yeol. He had North Korea at the top of his agenda. He also spoke with Jinping during the visit. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan predicted the two would talk to each other again shortly after the conversation.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if in the coming weeks President Biden and President Xi talk again,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan previously spoke with Yang Jiechi, a key foreign policy adviser to Xi. He claimed he was “direct with him about our concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities and our view that it is not in China’s interest.”

“It’s not in America’s interest,” he said. “China should consider taking all possible steps to reduce the possibility of a provocative North Korean act. We’ve had good back and forth on this.

In the meantime, a possible phone call between Biden and Xi could take place as early as July. An in-person meeting is expected to wait after a Chinese Communist Party summit this fall. Analysts have said Biden may make concessions to China to fix the US economy.

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