But Biden has not spoken to Xi since he took office in January, saying, “We haven’t had a chance to speak to him. There is no reason not to call him.”
Biden’s policies on US-China relations have been tested since he took office last month – from the lifting of Trump’s tariffs and sanctions to the aftermath of the military coup in Myanmar. And how the government develops in these first few months should determine expectations for the US in the future.
In his back pocket he also has his longstanding relationship with Xi. During his vice presidency, Biden found he spent more time with Xi than most world leaders.
“I had 24, 25 hours of private meetings with him when I was vice president,” Biden said. “Traveled 17,000 miles with him. I know him pretty well. “
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Said on Face the Nation that China will be one of Biden’s greatest international challenges.
“He will have three problems here: What should you do differently with Iran than with Trump, what should you do differently with China than with Trump and how can you change Trump’s immigration policy without starting a border run,” said Graham. “I would warn President Biden because Trump did it, which doesn’t mean it’s wrong.”