Asia Times' David Goldman Discusses The Imminent Chinese Asset Dump

Tyler Durden's picture

The Chinese dumping story is really catching on. After even Alphaville reprinted it, it seems that everyone in the blogospehere is aware of the imminent, and far greater than a Greece contagion, danger of Chinese dispositions. Here is David Goldman who originally broke the story for Asia Times' Inner Workings blog, discussing not only Chinese dumping and the implication for cost of capital (ca. 11 minutes into the clip), but shares color on the topic du jour, Greece, along with Rick Santelli and Larry Kudlow.


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John McCloy's picture

Riley: "This is the worst financial crisis we have all lived through"

Listen pal first I would like to to know the extent of your "suffering" while this crisis has occurred.More than likely you still have been able to make those BMW payments. You would think he was lining up at the docks the past few months with the rest of the potential day jobbers. When people are selling Samsungs LCDs on Ebay for 220.00 you will know what a modern depression resembles.

IKEA Is Swedish's picture

What if the US were to just simply "default" on that paper? Seems to me the US is holding all the cards, and the chinese, all the paper...

Anonymouse's picture

Sure, if we had a balanced budget, because our borrowing costs (as Obama would say) would necessarily skyrocket

rapier's picture

Default on Treasury debt is unconstitutional. The words "full faith and credit" of the US in the constitution mean the Treasury cannot default. Of course there are words and then there is reality but don't imagine that those words mean nothing.

Selective default, like on the Peoples Banks holdings or Social Security, would be popular, each in its own way, but still default will in an important sense  demak the end of America's constituional democracy. 

IKEA Is Swedish's picture

Very valid point, but you'd have to agree that the constitution has not exactly been that pillar and guiding light of the political elites for many years.

It will be interesting to see where reality leads us...

MarketTruth's picture

"Unconstitutional"?  ROFL! You mean that "G-d damn piece of paper" -- Ex-POTUS Bush

You mean that thing that says wars must be declared and voted upon?

You mean that thing that makes the Patriot Act illegal yet they still follow it?

Shall i go on? There are literally hundreds (probably thousands) more to list. Personally, part of the problem is that the USA is not following the Constitution and has went from being a Republic as per the Founding Fathers to a democracy (to name one of the many problems within the USA).

So next time before you site something as unconstitutional, you may want to realize the USA has destroyed it both by letter and by intent many years ago.


PS: Per the Constitution the USA government could easily release their own currency and thus eliminating the Federal Reserve. As such, there would be ZERO interest that needed to be paid on debt, thus saving the country billions of dollars (soon to be trillions in interest payments).

Anonymous's picture

MarketTruth: I doubt this will matter, but war against Iraq was approved by Congress. See H.J.RES.114, approved in the Senate 77-23 and in the House 296-133. You can resort to weaselisms and say it just "authorizes President Bush to attack Iraq", but the bottom line is there would have been no war without this Congressional approval. Therefore, in effect, it was a declaration of war. Just sayin'.

Anonymous's picture

Still incorrect, bc HJRES 114/Senate 77-23 or Resolution 1443 states that Congress will authorize the executive to act, with UN Security Counsel approval, which never happened, and it was based on international law which only allowed pre-emptive attacks on soverign nations, if the nation was in fear of an IMMENINENT attack. There were no WMD, and the "Colin Powell Address to the UN Security Counse" was based on forged evidence in "Niger", obtained from the Mossad, and a plagurized master's student's paper from twenty years previous......the UN Security counsel did not buy it. Colin Powell was exposed to be a lying shill. His ego couldn't take the exposure, so he resigned.

No, both wars of aggression are unConstitutional, in violation of Article 1, section 8, which explicitly grants only to Congress the right to declare war, and only after full and fair debate. None of that happened. There were no WMD, therefore neither Afghanistan nor Iraq had the capability to attack this nation.

Therefore, it was also a war crime, and a crime against humanity, under International law and the 4th Geneva Conventions.

Hammer59's picture

"Let them eat yellow cake"----Marie Bush





Off with her head.

Anonymous's picture

Quite simply, you are lying. I will only point out the two most obvious lies: 1) The UN did approve the invasion (google it yourself), and 2) The Bush administration never claimed that Iraq had WMD (just try and find where they did...good luck with that!). I actually don't care, but I must say the brainwashing was thorough!

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Anonymous's picture

Well said........the constitution is revered much like a DEAD GRANDPARENT...spoken of with found memory but of no consequence.

Trifecta Man's picture

Those words mean nothing.  Politicians lie and sold us out to the lobbyists and campaign contributors.

Anonymous's picture

Rapier, you are wrong. The constitution actually says "Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state." Art IV, Sec. 1. All this means is that State A has to enforce the judgments of State B. It has no bearing on the debt of the United States.

Anonymous's picture

The constitution demands that money be backed by gold or silver. Thats ignored too... I think the constitution has been dead for a long time. It feels like game over for the great experiment.

callistenes's picture

Uh, hate to tell you be the US has defaulted before.

Anonymous's picture

Valid point. The Chinese have nothing but paper and we have all the goods. So how do they collect if we choose to default?

Anonymous's picture

Electromagnetic pulse.

WaterWings's picture

Amer-icans no want to pay? Say "ni hao" to EMP! All yo soopa-mahkets are now empty. And all your womens are belong to us.

Anonymous's picture

And Submarines........

skippy's picture

The black rooms are hardened for just such occasions, the numerically stored accounts held by electrons are TBTF.  

Anonymous's picture

US won't default till the end.

China holds all the Fixed Assets (BRAND new state of the art factories and a few hundred thousand engineers graduating each year)

US boxed up all heavy equip and sent it off shore. We
have Nail Salons and pizza palaces for fixed assets.

SDRII's picture

Didnt the US do the same thing to Sterling during Suez - history ryhmes

Anonymous's picture

isnt this what the US did to the whole world before they caught on?

then they sold us out to china...and now china is doing it to us?

wow...i finally understand rocket science...

whopper's picture

The Price of gold certainly isn't interested in China dumping or the Eurozone. crazy.

suteibu's picture

It doesn't seem like anything is interested.

LoneStarHog's picture

Stop looking at the price of Paper Gold and look at the TWO BANKS who are going short AGAINST ALL BUYERS.  The COMEX gold market is nothing but a PAPER DERIVATIVE SHAM!

Anonymous's picture

no because the price of gold is a function of the dollar.

the fear has been built into gold..thats why its up so high..

it will no fluctuate based simply on dollar fluctuations...the dollar is going to expect gold to go down...maybe not as much because of the fear out there...but its still going to go down...

Anonymous's picture

"no because the price of gold is a function of the dollar."
"it will no fluctuate based simply on dollar fluctuations"

Seems there's a contradiction here somewhere.

The 10 Au chart unquestionably shows the price of Au is tied to currency valuation. With the US (and others) inflating like mad, the *long-term trend* in Au price has only one place to go.

A Man without Qualities's picture

Why do they all talk about a Greek bailout as though it were signed and sealed?  As I see it, until they have convinced Eurostat that the data is now correct, the budget reforms are done and the Greeks have stopped striking and or rioting, nothing will be given.  Also, a loan guarantee is not a bailout in my book...

Anonymouse's picture

Not a bailout?  Cool.  Would you mind co-signing a few loans for me?

glenlloyd's picture

As much as I don't like "mustard seed" Kudlow he's right, there has to be some discipline in the system and somewhere you have to draw the line. That's always been the problem with bailouts and subsidies, once you head down that path there's no stopping. To avoid the dilemma of when to stop you just never go there, regardless of how disasterous the consequences. You have to step back and let the chips fall, let the winners win and the losers lose, otherwise you end up supporting mediocrity and socialism.

All the talk about how in reality it saved the American people is a load of bull. There's nothing to suggest that we're any better off today than we were a year ago and the actions of the administration have only masked the real problem that will eventually be uncontainable.

These little "explosions" will only become more and more prevalent as the system comes closer and closer to self-destructing.

Going Down's picture


"The Russians Are Responsible"


Remember, in his book, that Hank Paulson blamed Russia for the financial crisis, claiming that the country was trying to convince China to also sell Fannie and Freddie MBS.


This is a red herring and the Chinese are being set up to take the blame for Primary 3. Wise up, folks.



Hephasteus's picture

Yep this is definitely the blame game. Whoever comes out of this richest is DEFINITELY to blame.

Stares intently at every central bank CEO in the US and ALL of goldman sachs down to but not including the janitor and building cleaners.

Anonymous's picture

@going down

the russian are responsible because hank paulson said it?

WOW...great research there Einstein.

hank paulson will go down in history as one of the biggest crooks our country has ever seen...bigger than madoff...bigger than stanford...

im talking along the lines of bush, greenspan, bernanke and geithner.

we should wise up?

id tell you to take your head out of your ass...but its probably better if it stays up there.

Anonymous's picture

clinton and rubin also come to mind. obama has done nothing but carry the torch forward.

Shortbus Bully's picture

I'd tell you to reread that post.  Based upon your reply, I'd say, it may take you a few extra readings to get what he is saying.

Anonymous's picture

Kudlow is a complete wanker. Doesn't like deficit spending or bailouts, loves to see union wages compressed, but also wants his tax cuts. My dog's got a better handle on economics.

Rockfish's picture

I believe it was Kudlow who ranted in 06 - 07 "deficits don't matter" when concern was raised back then. The guy is a (and i love this term thank you ZH for it) Assclown. 

Stevm30's picture

Better than you for sure.

Internet Tough Guy's picture

You mean our aircraft carriers and jingoistic chest-thumping can't intimidate China into buying our junk paper?

Paging Armchair General Leo, you are wanted in the war room.

Anonymous's picture

Let the chinese dump. It has to happen someday. Atleast we'll know that we've been feeding and nurturing an economy that is venomous. The chinese steal, hack, spy, blackmail and blatently loot our intellectual property while we sit back and provide more fodder for their growth. The chinese have never been our friends.

Psquared's picture

So if the Chinese dump what will they do with the money? Buy treasuries of course. They certainly are not going to buy the Euro or their own currency and cut-off the export hand that feeds you. They will buy treasuries, the Fed will extend QE and mortgage rates will stay relatively low.

The key to this is mortgage rates. If mortgage rates rise the real estate market tanks and we will all be holding hands and whistling in the dark. Tank the real estate market and bank assets look even worse, unemployment rises and all hell breaks loose.

This whole thing is chinese water torture and with bail out followed by bail out it could last for several more years. I don't think businesses can get any traction and the private sector grow with this much uncertainty in taxes, monetary policy, regulation and the health care crisis. If they really want to help unemployment take the uncertainty out of these issues and we have a chance - a start anyway.

Gordon Freeman's picture

"Tank the real estate market and bank assets look even worse, unemployment rises and all hell breaks loose."  So what?

Anonymous's picture

"So if the Chinese dump what will they do with the money? Buy treasuries of course. They certainly are not going to buy the Euro or their own currency and cut-off the export hand that feeds you. They will buy treasuries, the Fed will extend QE and mortgage rates will stay relatively low."

Exactly correct. If the Chinese meant to dish out a punishment to the U.S. government they have it precisely backwards. This is like a huge reward to the U.S. government. Holder of debt that is not government backed are going to take it in the shorts. The Treasury is going to get a huge boost.

Worse yet, there is no way that the feds can get out of the mortgage market now--without government backing there will be insufficient demand. This puts the entire U.S. credit market on a path to government backing, which ultimately means nationalization.

I wonder whether the Chinese intended this outcome?

Anonymous's picture

"...cut-off the export hand that feeds you..."

bwaaaahhhahahaa. Earth to McFly. Just in case you didn't get the memo yet, China doesn't need the USA anymore to buy their goods.

Anonymous's picture

Can't stand Kudlow, he is a fool.
I still remember him just before the present crisis
started, spouting happytalk. He was one of those
"deficits don't matter" idiots

Anonymous's picture

This reminds me of the scene in "The Hangover" where the American lads are in the Mojavi desert trying to negotiate with the Chinese gangster. Oh, we'll get our "Doug" back. But Chinr will make sure we get the wrong one. Chinr Gangster, "Not my problem."

Greenhead's picture

The chinese may not be our friends but we can either tax, borrow or print to sustain the overspending.  None of the above are great choices, all bring misery in the end.