FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington, U.S. November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

March 18, 2022

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will speak with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at 9 a.m. Eastern time (1300 GMT) on Friday, the White House said.

“This is part of ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication between the United States and the (People’s Republic of China),” according to the statement. “The two leaders will discuss managing the competition between the two countries as well as Russia’s war against Ukraine and other issues of mutual concern.”

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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