Jake Towne: China Devalues US Treasury BondsSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 07/14/2010 - 09:56
If one owes a bank a thousand dollars, he has a problem. But if one owes a bank a billion dollars, then the bank has the problem. From the four years I spent in China, I assure you this truism is not lost on the Chinese, though one must never forget the banks’ nifty little ability to create their own money.
While America tends to act rather brashly on the world stage – think Bush proclaiming “Mission Accomplished” in a jumpsuit in 2003, or Obama graciously accepting a Nobel Peace Prize while simultaneously expanding the ridiculous Afghanistan War – the Chinese government acts in a far more subtle manner.
The below chart shows the total US Treasuries owned by China which includes both Hong Kong and the mainland. In July 2009, the total was $1.051 trillion. In April 2010, the total is $1.052 trillion, and the trend is a flat plateau. The Chinese have wisely chosen to contain their US debt exposure by halting the purchase of dollars.