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Janet Yellen Weighs Visit to China, Her First as Treasury Secretary

  • Would mark first face-to-face U.S.-China economic talks
  • Trip may depend on travel risks owing to delta variant
Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen

Photographer: Greg Nash/The Hill/Bloomberg

Janet Yellen is weighing a trip to China in the coming months that would be her first as U.S. Treasury secretary, people familiar with the matter said, as the Biden administration engages in a broad review of policy toward the Asian power and the tariffs on imported goods enacted under former President Donald Trump.

The Treasury Department’s discussions on a possible Yellen visit are in the early stages and no decision has been made, with considerations including travel risks stemming from the delta variant of the coronavirus, the people said on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations are private. If the trip goes ahead, she would likely meet with Vice Premier Liu He -- regarded as China’s top economic official -- and would be the highest-ranking Biden appointee to visit the country.