China Flexes Muscles As Yellen Represents Biden Administration

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping’s show of might before the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command during U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s arrival in Beijing has set the stage for increased geopolitical tension. The audacious display of strength starkly contrasts Yellen’s quest to carve out economic commonalities and establish communication channels with China.

Located in Nanjing, the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command is a stone’s throw away from Taiwan, a landmass claimed by both China and the U.S. Xi’s visit is a pointed reminder of the standing tension. His message to the troops was clear – keep up military pressure on Taiwan. His rhetoric ranged from urging enhanced combat readiness to lauding the command’s “significant contributions” to China’s territorial sovereignty and national unity.

This is the equivalent of a clenched fist in the face of the U.S.’s democratic ally. It is a taunt that must be acknowledged, a challenge that demands a response, yet one that the Biden administration seems hesitant to meet.

While Xi rallied his troops, Janet Yellen touched down in Beijing. It’s been five years since the Trump administration imposed tariffs on over $300 billion of goods from China. These duties have stayed in place under Biden’s administration, despite Yellen’s criticism. Yellen is treading a rocky path as she prepares for a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Qiang.

Yellen’s primary goal is to defend U.S. national security without curtailing China economically. It’s a tightrope act with one misstep potentially leading to an increased trade war, a conflict that’s seen recent escalation with China’s restrictions on exporting two metals crucial for key tech industries.

Yellen’s visit is a pivotal moment in U.S.-China relations. She carries the burden of improving communication and setting the stage for possible future talks. However, this does not negate the harsh reality that China flexes its muscles at the U.S. and its allies.

As Yellen navigates this critical juncture, it’s crucial that U.S. policy adapts to these challenges and takes the necessary measures to safeguard national security. It’s a moment that requires firm resolve and strategic diplomacy, coupled with an uncompromising stand for democratic values.