Biden Admin Official Slammed for What She Did in China: 'Never, Ever, Ever'


Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is being severely criticized for bowing multiple times to a Chinese official during her recent trip to Beijing.

Yellen bowed at least three times during a photo op handshake with Vice Premier He Lifeng, China’s top economic official, according to the New York Post.

“Never, ever, ever,” said Bradley Blakeman, a White House aide under former President George W. Bush.

“An American official does not bow. It looks like she’s been summoned to the principal’s office, and that’s exactly the optics the Chinese love.”

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“The way to treat an adversary is, you don’t go hat in hand. But with this administration, time and time again, we embarrass ourselves and show weakness. And it just shows the lack of effective leverage we have,” he continued.

“Bowing is not part of the accepted protocol,” said Jerome A. Cohen, an emeritus professor at New York University with expertise in Chinese law and government.

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The Post noted that as Yellen spoke of coexisting with China, 13 People’s Liberation Army aircraft and six ships went into the airspace and waters near Taiwan, which China claims should rightfully be a part of the communist nation.

He said the United States must bear the blame for the distance between the two nations.

“We wish the U.S. side would take a rational and practical attitude, meet with the Chinese side half-way, make joint efforts with China in maintaining the consensus reached between the two state leaders in their meeting in Bali, and put the positive remarks into actions, so as to stabilize and improve the China-U.S. relations,” he said, according to Fox News.

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Although Yellen said that talking was a positive step, the trip produced no agreements,  according to The New York Times.

“Yellen’s trip will likely turn down the temperature on the economic relationship for a bit and remind the U.S. and China that they share some commercial interests, even if waning, and they need to talk through thick and thin — perhaps business conditions will improve at the margins,” said Mark Sobel, a former Treasury Department official.

“Yellen’s trip will hardly change the underlying dynamic and trajectory of the economic relationship,” he said.

Still, Yellen was upbeat.

“President Biden and I do not see the relationship between the U.S. and China through the frame of great power conflict,” she said, according to Politico. “We believe that the world is big enough for both of our countries to thrive.”

Yellen said the trip gave the two sides the chance to “establish a desire and willingness to work together to discuss issues where we have disagreements and see deeper engagement on the part of our staffs.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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