Biden, Xi float face-to-face meeting and hold 'honest' talks on Taiwan

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks by video with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Situation Room of the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed a possible face-to-face meeting and engaged in "direct and honest" talks about Taiwan in a Thursday call, a senior Biden administration official said.

Briefing reporters on the call between the leaders later on Thursday, the official, who declined to be named, said the potential removal of U.S. tariffs from Chinese imports did not come up in the conversation, which lasted about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

(Reporting by Michael Martina, Alexandra Alper and Steve Holland; Editing by Leslie Adler)