WASHINGTON – While Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to wage war in Ukraine, President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are preparing to speak on the phone Friday on handling competition and other issues of mutual interest, according to the White House.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi met earlier in the week in Rome. Sullivan had met with Jiechi in Switzerland in October. Earlier this month, Sullivan warned China to avoid helping Russia.
Putin and Jinping have shown a united front and met in February in Beijing. China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday describes China’s stance on the war in Ukraine as an advocate of “de-escalation” and an end to the conflict.
The Biden administration has warned that China could face “serious” consequences to help Russia and later called on China to “support” Russian “propaganda.” Meanwhile, another US citizen was killed in Ukraine, according to to the U.S. State Department.
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