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14th November 2008, 19:03
Why China wants to beat America in Gold reserves


Commodity Online
How does the gold reserves in the United States get compared with that of China? The question is important in the wake of China's fears about the long-term viability of parking most of its reserves in US government bonds after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's US$700 billion (HK$5.46 trillion) bailout plan.

According to a report published in The Standard, Hongkong, the Chinese mainland is seriously considering a plan to diversify more of its massive foreign-exchange reserves into gold.

The newspaper, quoting official sources, said China is considering changing its asset allocations during the financial tsunami in order to build up gold reserves "in a big way."

China's fears that America's $700 billion bailout plan may make the US budget deficit balloon to well over US$1 trillion this fiscal year.

The US government will fund the bailout by printing new money or issuing huge amounts of new debt, either of which will put severe pressure on the value of the greenback and on government bond yields.

The United States holds 8,133.5 tonnes of gold reserves valued at US$188.23 billion. China holds gold reserves of just 600 tonnes, worth only US$13.89 billion.

Beijing's reserves could easily go up to 3,000 to 4,000 tonnes, Tanrich Futures senior vice president Colleen Chow Yin-shan said told the newspaper.

Until now, the United States has had little choice but to issue massive amounts of debt to fund its deficits, and China has had little choice but to purchase it, as there are not many markets deep enough to absorb the mainland's US$30 billion to US$40 billion in monthly capital inflows.

Government officials involved in the management of China's reserves are beginning to see gold as an attractive place to park some of these funds. They see it as a real, tangible asset that will not lose its value over time - in stark contrast to the greenback, which is becoming more disconnected from economic realities as more bills are printed.

"It's the right time to increase the gold reserves, as the price is about US$710 to US$720 per ounce," said Wan Guoli, vice secretary general of the China Gold Association, The Standard added.

14th November 2008, 19:12
If you ran the China central bank, you'd probably have done the same thing long ago, but then their decisions are based on the trade issue where they are forced to maintain a large dollar reserve. Gold is the only thing they can substitute for dollars (actually bonds) due to its liquidity.

Tribal Warrior
14th November 2008, 23:03
Couldn't china just switch their exports from US to Russia/Euro/Latin America? They could quit buying our debt, and start buying commodities to improve their own countries infrastructure/economy, while the US is made to pay off its' debts with Inflation/unemployment/lose of wealth.

15th November 2008, 21:03
Operating by memory(which isn't too accurate anymore), I think Roosevelt set the gold value at around $42.00 an ounce. I think in the early 70's that was raised to around $65.00 an ounce. If we set our gold holdings price more in tune with today's prices we would suddenly show a lot larger asset base in the U.S. treasury. If it was priced at say $500.00 an ounce. I wonder if this couldn't raise the value of the dollar? (if we actually have that gold).


15th November 2008, 21:25
Whats really funny is that FNM lost more money in one quarter than all the gold in China. Thats pretty rediculous.