US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he “plans to have a conversation” with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
“We don't 'we haven't decided when yet,' he added of the interview.
He was responding to a question about a possible lifting of import duties imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump on many many Chinese products.
The Democratic president, faced with very high inflation which is demoralizing the Americans, is under pressure to lift these punitive customs tariffs, in order to calm the runaway consumer prices a little .
These surcharges expire on July 6.
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping have already spoken four times since the 79-year-old Democrat was elected, their last meeting dating back to the 18 March.
These conversations illustrate a desire to keep the lines of communication open, but they have not, so far, brought any relief to the situation. he very tense relationship between the two leading world powers.
Apart from trade, China and the United States in particular are at loggerheads over the fate of Taiwan.
Furthermore, Washington and Beijing differ radically on the response to the war in Ukraine: if the Americans have taken the lead in the Western response against Russia, the Chinese insist on the contrary on their proximity to the regime of Vladimir Putin.
In fact, China has dramatically increased its purchases of Russian oil.
The rivalry with the Asian giant is the stated strategic priority of Joe Biden, who seeks to counter Beijing's ambitions in Asia, in the Pacific and, more broadly, in the world.