China's tariff decision is unlikely to be made before the call between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping
China's tariff decision is unlikely to be made before the call between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping

BEIJING: Tensions over Taiwan, as well as Russia's invasion of Ukraine, are potential subjects for a call this week between President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, the White House said on Tuesday, but the US leader's decision to take is not likely. Removal of duties on Chinese goods before the two speak.

Management of economic competition between the two countries will also be the focus of the call, which is expected to take place on Thursday, according to White House national security spokesman John Kirby.

It will be the fifth call between the leaders, and it comes as China has issued a stern warning to the Biden administration about US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's possible visit to democratically-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its territory.

Kirby said of the topics to be discussed, from Taiwan tensions to the Ukraine war as well as how we better manage the competition between our two countries, especially in the economic sphere.

"This is a long-planned call, and these two leaders already have a very strong agenda of topics for discussion. The administration is debating whether to reduce tariffs on Chinese goods to stimulate the US economy, but Kirby said no decision was expected before the call.

President Biden wants a review of existing tariffs to ensure that they align with our strategic economic priorities, that they are in our best national interests, and, clearly, that they are in the best interests of the American people, but They haven't made that decision, Kirby said.

The senior official, however, made it clear that Biden is dissatisfied with the tariffs, which imposed a 25% tariff on billions of dollars in Chinese imports in retaliation for US claims that unfair trade practices routinely by Beijing.

Regarding Pelosi's plans, Kirby said the House speaker is in line for the presidency, and as such, his foreign travel is a matter of US national security. However, she was the only one who could decide about her journey.

He claims that Beijing's "belikcity" in its rhetoric about a possible visit only serves to heighten tensions. We find this to be unhelpful and certainly not necessary given the circumstances.

The United States does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan under its one-China policy, but is required by law to provide the island with the means to defend itself. Despite speculation about Pelosi's possible visit, the White House has immediately reiterated that position.

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