Biden to be 'hardheaded' with Xi, but wants opportunity for 'open communication': administration official

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks to Defense Department personnel during a visit to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., February 10, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will be "practical, hard-headed and clear-eyed" in dealings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but wants the opportunity to have an open line of communication despite U.S. concerns about Chinese behavior, a senior Biden administration official said on Wednesday.

The official made the comments in a call with reporters ahead of the first leader-to-leader call between Biden and Xi on Wednesday evening, U.S. time.

(Reporting by Michelle Price; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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