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Biden, Xi to contact each other in ‘next few weeks: US official

News Desk: President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are set to make contact in the "next few weeks," a senior US official told reporters yesterday.

They "will have the opportunity to engage over the course of the next few weeks," National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said

A new call between the leaders of the world's two biggest economies has been long expected amid tensions over trade, China's sabre rattling around Taiwan, and pressure on Beijing not to help Russia get around Western sanctions over the Ukraine invasion.

A week ago, Biden said he planned on "having a conversation with President Xi."

"We haven't set a time yet," he said, while a few days earlier he'd said the call could be "soon".

The last video conference between the two leaders was on March 18, when Biden warned Xi against assisting Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.

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