White House press secretary Jen Psaki says China has to "make a decision" after President Biden and China’s leader Xi Jinping spoke.
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The chilly U.S.-China relationship may face its biggest test as the U.S. turns up pressure on China to take a stand against Russia in the largest land conflict in Europe since World War II. Biden warned Chinese President Xi Jinping of the "consequences if China provides material support to Russia" in its unprovoked attack on Ukraine during a nearly two-hour video call on Friday, according to the White House.
The Biden-Xi conversation, their first since November, was "direct," "substantive" and "detailed," a senior administration official told reporters on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the conversation. Analysts say Beijing's decision – whether to overtly support Russian President Vladimir Putin's war or to distance itself from the Kremlin's military assault on Ukraine – is shaping up to be an inflection point in the U.S.-China relationship.
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