Biden mentions trade in first official call to Chinese President Xi
President Biden held his first official phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday and indicated there will be adjustments to trade policies under the Trump administration.
A senior Biden official told Politico a different approach with China will depend on internal consultations across government and consultation with partners in Europe and Asia. But the official added tariffs put in place by the previous administration will remain for the time being while the policy is under review.
A transcript of the call shows Biden confronted China’s leader about “coercive and unfair economic practices” and human rights abuses.
They also discussed COVID-19 and climate change.