US President Joe Biden may speak with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in the coming weeks, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said aboard Air Force One on Thursday.
“I would not be surprised if President Biden and President Xi speak again in the coming weeks,” he said.
Sullivan spoke on Wednesday with Yang Jiechi, a key foreign policy adviser to Xi, and said he was “directly with him about our concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities and our view that this is not in China’s interests.”
“It is not in the interests of the United States and that China should consider taking the steps it can to reduce the possibility of a provocative North Korean action, … we had a good back and forth on that issue,” he said, adding, that Taiwan and other issues were also discussed.
Biden lands in South Korea on Friday night, where he meets the new president Yoon Suk-yeol with North Korea at the top of the agenda.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gave up a freeze on intercontinental ballistic missile tests and appears to be ready to resume testing nuclear bombs, perhaps while Biden is in the region.