Early Thursday morning in Asia, Bloomberg quotes anonymous sources while saying, “Janet Yellen is weighing a trip to China in the coming months that would be her first as US Treasury secretary.”
The news cites the reason 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.
Additional comments (from Bloomberg)
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.
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.
The goals of a potential trip for Yellen to China would include discussing common ground between the nations, such as climate change efforts, and also more difficult ones, such as trade, according to one of the people familiar with the matter.
Global markets remain directionless following the news, amid a light calendar day. That said, AUD/USD stays sidelined below 0.7400 by the press time.
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