Biden says he plans to talk to China's Xi

Biden says he plans to talk to China's Xi

U.S. President Joe Biden said Tuesday he plans to talk with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as he considers lifting some tariffs imposed on Beijing in a bid to ease U.S. inflation.

"I plan on having a conversation with President Xi. We haven't set a time yet," Biden told reporters. Over the weekend, Biden said a call could be "soon."

The last talks between the two leaders was on March 18.

The tariffs set under former president Donald Trump imposed 25% duties on billions of dollars worth of Chinese imports. The penalties were aimed at punishing what the United States said are China's unfair trade practices and protecting U.S. manufacturers.

The Biden-Xi call would likely have to happen soon in part because the Trump tariffs are set to expire in July unless renewed.