July 22, 2022: -U.S. President Joe Biden said he expects to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping by the end of the month.
He is not elaborating on the reasons for the call or planned discussion topics.
The two leaders recently spoke in March, mainly about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. China is refusing to call the attack an invasion.
“I think I’ll be talking to President Xi within the coming ten days,“ Biden told reporters on Wednesday Eastern time, according to a White House transcript.
When questioned whether he thought Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi should visit Taiwan this summer, Biden said: “The military is thinking it’s not a good idea right now, but I don’t know what the status of it is.”
This week, the Financial Times reported that Pelosi planned to take a delegation to Taiwan in August, the first visit by someone in her position in 25 years.
China cautioned it would take “strong and resolute measures” if such a trip occurred, as Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a press briefing.
Taiwan is a democratically self-ruled island that Beijing considers part of its territory. China has maintained its desire for peaceful reunification with Taiwan.