Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen raised eyebrows when she held a meeting with China’s vice premier and bowed multiple times on greeting him.
Yellen, who served as chair of the Federal Reserve before becoming Joe Biden‘s top financial official, wrapped up her first visit to China as treasury secretary on Sunday.
Both Washington and Beijing said the meetings during her four-day trip were fruitful, although the visit – designed to help smooth a rocky relationship – did not generate any concrete agreements.
Her visit came as the U.S. on June 30 warned its citizens against traveling to China, citing the risk of arbitrary detention.
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