Photo: U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen. U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen. Credit: Federal Reserve via Wikimedia Commons.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called on “trusted” U.S. allies to strengthen trade relationships to shore up global supply chains disrupted by the pandemic, worsened by Russia’s war in Ukraine and threatened longer-term by a reliance on China.

In her longest public address during a three-stop tour of East Asia, Yellen touted her “friend-shoring” concept as a way to reduce the vulnerabilities of a supply system badly strained over the past two years, and as a mechanism for reducing inflation in the United States and elsewhere.

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