The administration of President Joe Biden has a penchant for humiliating the United States on the world stage and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen was no exception.
She visited China last week and, on Friday, looked incredibly week as she repeatedly bowed to her Chinese counterpart, Vice Premier He Lifeng, The New York Post reported.
The move was roundly criticized by experts who believed it looked weak.
“Bowing is not part of the accepted protocol,” Jerome Cohen, a China law and government expert at NYU said to the Post.
“Never, ever, ever,” former senior staffer for former President George W. Bush, Bradley Blakeman, said. “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.
“The way to treat an adversary is, you don’t go hat in hand,” he said. “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.”
During a press conference in Beijing Yellen spoke about the relationship between the two world powers and the need to keep it protected.
The relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China is one of the most consequential of our time. As the world’s two largest economies, our nations collectively represent 40 percent of the global economy. What we do – both in the bilateral sphere as well as on the broader global stage – shapes the lives and livelihoods of the people in our countries and beyond,” she said.
“I have been intent on speaking about this relationship plainly and honestly: to address the challenges and opportunities that face us based on sober realities. The U.S. and China have significant disagreements. Those disagreements need to be communicated clearly and directly. But President Biden and I do not see the relationship between the U.S. and China through the frame of great power conflict. We believe that the world is big enough for both of our countries to thrive. Both nations have an obligation to responsibly manage this relationship: to find a way to live together and share in global prosperity,” the Treasury Secretary said.