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PBOC Governor Yi, Janet Yellen Hold ‘Frank’ Meeting at G20

This was Yellen’s first in-person conversation with a top Chinese economic official amid lingering tensions between Washington and Beijing


US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen attends the G20 Finance and Health Ministers meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen attends the G20 Finance and Health Ministers meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Image: Reuters

 

China’s central bank Governor Yi Gang met with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Wednesday for ‘frank’ and wide-ranging talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali.

This was Yellen’s first in-person conversation with a top Chinese economic official amid lingering tensions between Washington and Beijing. The meeting follows US President Joe Biden’s three-hour meeting on Monday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

The two officials covered issues such as high energy and commodity prices, as well as the macroeconomic outlook in both countries, the US Treasury department said.

The meeting, which lasted two hours, “had a frank, constructive, and positive tone”, said a US Treasury official. “In the context of global challenges, Secretary Yellen and Governor Yi also discussed G20 issues,” the official said.

In the meeting with Yi Gang, Yellen and Treasury officials had said they would seek more clarity on China’s plans to ease its Covid-19 lockdown that have curtailed its growth and restricted its supply chains and how Beijing will deal with problems in its massive property sector.

Yellen also said on Monday that she hoped the meeting would lead to increased economic engagement between the two superpowers.

 

  • Reuters, with additional editing by Vishakha Saxena

 

 

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Vishakha Saxena

Vishakha Saxena is the Multimedia and Social Media Editor at Asia Financial. She has been working as a digital journalist since 2013, and is an experienced writer and multimedia producer. As an eager stock market trader and investor, she is keenly interested in economy, emerging markets and the intersections of finance and society. You can tweet to her @saxenavishakha

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