Posts Tagged ‘china

23
Apr
10

new uber-counterfeit-proof $100 bill a sign of dollar’s strength?

the Chinese must have requested the new Benjamin as they buy a lot of these :).

the more i hear about how much Asia relys on US cash to run their economies (everyone knows what stuff costs when its all priced in US dollars), the more i think the dollar crashing conspiracies are bunk in short term.
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23
Nov
09

snl’s spot-on take on obama in china

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more about “SNL: China & Obama’s Economic Policies“, posted with vodpod

 

29
May
09

ralph nader on gov’t-industrial complex GM bailout

just a prelude of the central planning to come????

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124355327992064463.html

excerpt: 4) Why is the task force permitting GM to increase manufacturing overseas for export back into the U.S.? Under the GM reorganization plan, the company will rely increasingly on overseas plants to make cars for sale in the U.S., with cars made in low-wage countries like Mexico rising from 15% to 23% of GM sales here. For the first time, GM plans to export cars from China to the U.S. in what is a harbinger of the company’s future business model. What is the conceivable rationale for permitting GM to increase manufacturing overseas — especially in dictatorships, for export back into the U.S. — when preserving jobs and industry is the avowed goal of this immense taxpayer bailout?

09
Apr
09

poor neocons….just don’t get it

this clip is like a death rattle for neocons like larry kudlow and don luskin….can’t bitch about china when THEY OWN us and continue to buy our crappy gov’t debt.

“china infiltrating our power grid is act of war” –> sorry larry/don, china infiltrating our power grid is like the FDIC making sure that banks actually have $$$ in them. We owe china a TON of money…therefore good for them for making sure our country isn’t completely collapsing.

23
Mar
09

this drum keeps getting louder…

China calls for new reserve currency to replace dollar

By Jamil Anderlini in Beijing

Published: March 23 2009 12:16 | Last updated: March 23 2009 14:22

China’s central bank on Monday proposed replacing the US dollar as the international reserve currency with a new global system controlled by the International Monetary Fund.

The goal would be to create a reserve currency “that is disconnected from individual nations and is able to remain stable in the long run, thus removing the inherent deficiencies caused by using credit-based national currencies,” Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People’s Bank of China, said in an essay posted in Chinese and English on the central bank’s website.

Although Mr Zhou did not mention the US dollar, the essay gave a pointed critique of the current dollar-dominated monetary system.

“The outbreak of the [current] crisis and its spillover to the entire world reflected the inherent vulnerabilities and systemic risks in the existing international monetary system,” Mr Zhou wrote.

Analysts said the proposal was a clear indication of Beijing’s fears that actions being taken to save the domestic US economy would have a negative impact on China.

“This is a clear sign that China, as the largest holder of US dollar financial assets, is concerned about the potential inflationary risk of the US Federal Reserve printing money,” said Qu Hongbin, chief China economist for HSBC.

For now, China has little choice but to hold the bulk of its $2,000bn of foreign exchange reserves in US dollars and this is unlikely to change in the near future.

To replace the current system, Mr Zhou suggested expanding the role of Special Drawing Rights, which were introduced by the IMF in 1969 to support the Bretton Woods fixed exchange rate regime but became less relevant once that system collapsed in the 1970s.

Today, the value of SDRs is based on a basket of four currencies – US$, Yen, Euro and Pound Sterling – and they are used largely as a unit of account by the IMF and some other international organizations.

“The US dollar is still the most important currency for settling international trade, pricing and payment in the current international monetary system,” Hu Xiaolian, director of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, which manages the country’s foreign exchange reserves, said at a press conference earlier in the day. “Investing in US Treasury bonds is an important element in China’s forex reserve investment and we will continue this practice.”

China’s proposal would expand the basket of currencies forming the basis of SDR valuation to all major economies and set up a settlement system between SDRs and other currencies so they could be widely used in international trade and financial transactions.

Countries would entrust a portion of their SDR reserves to the IMF to manage collectively on their behalf and SDRs would gradually replace existing reserve currencies.

Mr Zhou said the proposal would require “extraordinary political vision and courage” and explicitly acknowledged a debt to the theories of John Maynard Keynes, who made a similar suggestion in the 1940s.

More recently, US economist and Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, who is visiting China this week, has suggested expanding the role of SDRs to lay the foundation for the creation of a world currency.

In the short term, China expects the IMF to “at least recognize and face up to the risks resulting from the existing system, conduct regular monitoring and assessment and issue timely early warnings,” Mr Zhou’s essay said.

14
Jan
09

wsj editorial on how we’re going broke

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189377673479433.html?mod=rss_Politics_And_Policy

14
Jan
09

pbs’ ascent of money documentary

niall ferguson narrarates. history of money + financial crisis explanations.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ascentofmoney/video/watch-full-program-the-ascent-of-money/24/




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