China Dumping Us Dollar
For at least the last decade, a persistent, recurring conspiracy theory has held that major oil exporters will stop pricing oil in dollars, which will then lead to a collapse in the U.S. economy as the dollar becomes worthless. The whole purpose of China purchasing treasuries is to keep their currency weak compared to the US in the face of huge trade imbalances to juice US imports.
It declared, “Every Angolan owes $745 to China.” It also listed debt to other countries, but debt to China was more than seven times what’s owed to the next creditor, Israel. By some estimates Angola owes some $25 billion to China. Since resuming ties in 1983, Angola has taken $60 billion from China in loans and investments. Besides, it is in China’s interest to make their loans with their excess dollars. Here’s a look at a crude and clever way the Chinese get rid of their dollars.
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When carried out, now or in the future, it will spell the end of the American dollar’s global reign. Once a top-10 holder of US sovereign debt, Russia has all but eliminated its holdings of US Treasuries. Moscow has used the money to boost the nation’s foreign reserves and to build up its gold stockpile to stabilize the ruble.
The credit (China’s cheap goods for T Bills) will no more be available as a result of decoupling. With next to zero savings and a population that consumes more than they produce there will be a big drop in the standard of living of Americans. In short US will be affected as much as the rest of the world. Pettis point #2 is more subtle but also note that there is no Euro global bond for China to even buy. There are only sovereign bonds of Germany, Italy, France, etc., with German 10-year bonds at a negativeyieldof 50 basis points and the 2-year bond sporting anegativeyield of 70 basis points. If they remain in RMB, of course, their currency will rise in value and their trade surpluses will disappear.
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The fundamental problem is that a highly unequal distribution of income puts most money into the hands of a small, wealthy elite or the government itself, not the poor households most likely to spend it. Until this rebalancing happens or Beijing is willing to tolerate substantially lower growth, the country will continue to rely on exports and the dollar receipts that come with them. A number of factors will keep China wedded to the U.S. dollar, and U.S. debt. Trump has nothing to do with the intentionally manipulated Chinese currency, keeping artificially low nor the poisonous pet food, defective building material, and slew of other corrupt exports china sends to the world. China dumping US paper has always been the not-thought-through idea of hysterical people. China’s goal is to keep their currency weak to make Chinese goods cheaper and the USD strong for the same reason. Dumping US paper will make the USD weaker and thus raise the price of Chinese goods in the main country with whom they trade–the USA.
- Treasury securities to offer the safest investment destination for Chinese forex reserves.
- The net result of China carrying through on its threat is to leave U.S.
- A remarkable share to be owed to a single country versus a multilateral agency like the World Bank.
- Treasurys or the fear of Beijing dumping them are uncalled for.
- What if China decided to wage part of the trade war with an unexpected attack with or on money?
- In January 2016, China further relaxed its control of the yuan.
Interestingly enough, the development of such a system is a result of aggressive Americans sanctions and financial bullying over the past few decades. Pettis point #3is not going to happen because tiny countries do not have enough bonds for China to buy and it would severely distort the market if China tried, so it won’t.
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The US allowed China to buy up massive blocks of US debt in the 80’s and 90’s and corporate America handed China America’s manufacturing economy. Xi/China has a more devastating power over Trump and the American economy then we care to admit. It seems to me China can endure way more economic pain and austerity than America can.
China does have the ability to weaponize its Treasury holdings. Disrupting the U.S. economy may cause a recession, or it may play into the President’s hand. Are China’s Treasuries an economic weapon or a political trump card? Supply and demand drive prices, and bonds are no exception.
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The low yields are a result of risk aversion among investors, sparked by mounting concerns over a global recession and the Federal Reserve’s dovish monetary policy. Initially, China may want to avoid market attention by quietly and occasionally offloading US Treasuries, local media reported.
As the U.S. and Britain become less and less competitive worldwide, unemployment will steadily increase. He relied on Bible prophecy in his analysis of world events.
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But the United States wouldn’t need to fear — even if it were true. If China dumps US Gov papers, their price will fall and China lose big in its USD holdings.
Although there are worries of China selling off U.S. debt, which would hamper economic growth, doing so poises risk for China as well, making it unlikely to happen. Treasuries to invest in, versus real estate, stocks, and other countries’ debt, because of their safety and stability. To keep its export prices low, China must keep its currency—the renminbi —low compared to the U.S. dollar. Chinese exporters receive U.S. dollars for their goods sold to the U.S., but they need renminbi to pay their workers and store money locally. They sell the dollars they receive through exports to get RMB, which increases the USD supply and raises the demand for RMB.
The End Of Economics?
Japan became a seller in August, with its holdings now at the lowest level since August 2011 and Saudi Arabia were buyers of U.S. debt in August. China, Japan and Russia are all sellers vs. Saudi Arabia as buyers. This has driven the global share of USD reserves to its lowest since 2013. He mentioned China’s “gigantic internal market” and “large investment market” as two prospects for continued growth, and emphasised that China was “not afraid” of an economic downturn over the medium and long terms. Furthermore, SCMP noted that if China sold the treasuries and bought oil instead, energy producers receiving dollars could simply put them back into US Treasuries, thus limiting the ‘punishment’s’ efficacy. As the trade war continues, the possibility of a Chinese-Russian alliance becomes all the more likely, posing risks to America’s financial domination of global markets and geopolitical strategy. It would be nice to hope for the best and prepare for the worst but, as things appear today, we might want to start preparing much more than hoping.
By contrast, U.S. and global stocks were pummeled, with the S&P 500 and Dow each falling more than 2% on the day and the Nasdaq sliding more than 3%. Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the state-affiliated Global Times, purportedly said in a tweet Monday that Chinese scholars are discussing how such a measure could be implemented without harming the Chinese economy. In theory, that would push Treasury prices lower and send yields higher. U.S. interest rates would rise, increasing costs for American consumers on things like mortgages and auto loans and for businesses seeking to raise capital.
Moreover, the country is actively pushing for a free-trade agreement called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership , which will include the countries of Southeast Asia. The trade pact could easily replace the Trans-Pacific Partnership , the proposed multi-national trade deal which was torn up by US President Donald Trump shortly after he took office. RCEP includes 16 country signatories and the potential pact is expected to form a union of nearly 3.4 billion people based on a combined $49.5 trillion economy, which accounts for nearly 40 percent of the world’s GDP. Global tensions caused by economic sanctions and trade conflicts triggered by Washington have forced targeted countries to take a fresh look at alternative payment systems currently dominated by the US dollar. According to the latest published data, China and Japan dumped U.S. China reduced its holdings for the third straight month, and its holdings are off from the peak seen in 2017.
If all of this oil is sold in dollars, then it means that oil consumers would have to collectively hold $4.2 billion to cover their daily oil tab. Any market — a stock market, a wheat market, or the oil market — requires a unit of measure. The importance of the U.S. economy made the dollar the obvious choice for most markets. But there would be no real difference if the euro, the yen, or even bushels of wheat were selected as the unit of account for the oil market.
There is absolutely nothing to prevent Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, or any other oil producer — whether a member of OPEC or not — from signing contracts selling their oil for whatever currency is convenient for them to acquire. The Trumpet has warned not only against the danger of relying on foreign creditors, but also that deteriorating economic conditions in general are frighteningly imminent. This past August, two Chinese government officials highlighted China’s massive U.S. dollar holdings and how it supports the value of the U.S. currency. They also noted that Beijing could use those holdings as a political weapon to counter congressional calls to revalue the yuan and impose trade sanctions on Chinese goods. Chinese state media referred to the country’s stockpile of U.S. dollars as its economic “nuclear option,” capable of destroying the dollar at will. China has loudly stated it won’t be purchasing US debt anymore and will start getting rid of the US debt it holds, which will directly affect the American economy and the dollar because the US needs places to soak up its debt.
Additionally, the recently grown fears of fresh US-China tussle and Canberra’s dislike for Beijing’s move to redefine Hong Kong politics exert additional downside pressure on the quote. Even so, DXY bounced off a one-week low on Friday to snap the previous three-day losing streak as the upbeat US economics joined rallying US 10-year Treasury yield. In a reaction, the AUD/USD prices dropped on a daily closing basis but managed to trim losses as equities remained upbeat. AUD/USD traders eye fresh direction from RBA’s Lowe to trim the latest bearish bias while also anticipating China, Australia’s largest customer, to print welcome numbers. However, major attention is given to the Treasury yields that keep singing the old songs of reflation and suggests dialing back to the easy money policies earlier than planned. Following a week-start gap-down to 0.7751, AUD/USD takes rounds to 0.7750, picking up bids off-late, during the early Monday morning in Asia. In doing so, the aussie pair extends Friday’s downbeat performance, mainly due to the US dollar strength, ahead of a speech from RBA Governor Philip Lowe as well as China’s February month Retail Sales and Industrial Production.