US President Joe Biden said on Monday that he may call his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week, but that he is still awaiting confirmation.
Journalists questioned Biden about the possibility of this link, at a time when the possible visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is fueling tensions between Washington and Beijing.
“That’s what I expect, but I’ll let you know when it’s ready,” Biden replied.
Pelosi is planning to travel to the island in August, but the information has not yet been confirmed.
Biden himself said last week that the US military said the trip was “not a good idea”.
The US government fears that China will not differentiate between the legislative and executive branches, especially as Beijing considers Washington’s growing support for Taiwan to amount to a formal declaration of independence for the island, which China considers part of its territory.
The controversy comes as Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader in decades, prepares to further consolidate his strength at the Communist Party Congress, to be held this year.
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