China Proposes To Cut Two Thirds Of Its $3 Trillion In USD Holdings

Tyler Durden's picture

All those who were hoping global stock markets would surge tomorrow based on a ridiculous rumor that China would revalue the CNY by 10% will have to wait. Instead, China has decided to serve the world another surprise. Following last week's announcement by PBoC Governor Zhou (Where's Waldo) Xiaochuan that the country's excessive stockpile of USD reserves has to be urgently diversified, today we get a sense of just how big the upcoming Chinese defection from the "buy US debt" Nash equilibrium will be. Not surprisingly, China appears to be getting ready to cut its USD reserves by roughly the amount of dollars that was recently printed by the Fed, or $2 trilion or so. And to think that this comes just as news that the Japanese pension fund will soon be dumping who knows what. So, once again, how about that "end of QE" again?

From Xinhua:

China's foreign exchange reserves increased by 197.4 billion U.S. dollars in the first three months of this year to 3.04 trillion U.S. dollars by the end of March.

Xia Bin, a member of the monetary policy committee of the central bank, said on Tuesday that 1 trillion U.S. dollars would be sufficient. He added that China should invest its foreign exchange reserves more strategically, using them to acquire resources and technology needed for the real economy.

And as if the public sector making it all too clear what is about to happen was not enough, here is the private one as well:

China should reduce its excessive foreign exchange reserves and further diversify its holdings, Tang Shuangning, chairman of China Everbright Group, said on Saturday.

The amount of foreign exchange reserves should be restricted to between 800 billion to 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars, Tang told a forum in Beijing, saying that the current reserve amount is too high.

Tang's remarks echoed the stance of Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of China's central bank, who said on Monday that China's foreign exchange reserves "exceed our reasonable requirement" and that the government should upgrade and diversify its foreign exchange management using the excessive reserves.

Tang also said that China should further diversify its foreign exchange holdings. He suggested five channels for using the reserves, including replenishing state-owned capital in key sectors and enterprises, purchasing strategic resources, expanding overseas investment, issuing foreign bonds and improving national welfare in areas like education and health.

However, these strategies can only treat the symptoms but not the root cause, he said, noting that the key is to reform the mechanism of how the reserves are generated and managed.

The last sentence says it all. While China is certainly tired of recycling US Dollars, it still has no viable alternative, especially as long as its own currency is relegated to the C-grade of not even SDR-backing currencies. But that will all change very soon. Once the push for broad Chinese currency acceptance is in play, the CNY and the USD will be unpegged, promptly followed by China dumping the bulk of its USD exposure, and also sending the world a message that US debt is no longer a viable investment opportunity. In fact, we are confident that the reval is a likely a key preceding step to any strategic decision vis-a-vis US FX exposure (read bond purchasing/selling intentions). As such, all those Americans pushing China to revalue, may want to consider that such an action could well guarantee hyperinflation, once the Fed is stuck as being the only buyer of US debt.

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Pool Shark's picture


Ben Bernanke: "To infinity, and beyond!"

 (Better get the Bureau of Printing and Engraving working on those Zimbabwe-style Trillion-Dollar FRN's)

Careless Whisper's picture

Do you think the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, the US Treasury, or the privately owned banking cartel Federal Reserve Bank, have any respect for our currency? Oh, you do? Well then how do you explain this:


Coast Watcher's picture

Your point? The Treasury shreds old money all the time and replaces it with new bills. The average lifespan of a dollar bill is only 18-24 months. One reason why replacing them all with dollar coins makes so much sense.

RichyRoo's picture

you seem to be mistaking the lifespan of a physical FRN with that of T-Bills/Notes, which sounds like troll talk to me.



notice how 'physical FRN' just became part of the ontology in diametric opposition to physical PM...bitchez

Coast Watcher's picture

Did you bother to read CW's post or go to the link he posted, or are you just talking trash through your hat again? He made specific reference to currency, not T-Bills or Notes, and linked to a site that sells shredded currency by the bag. So who's trolling?

DosZap's picture

On top of T's their holding that many UDS's?.

I expect w/out saying it, that money is in the form of T Bills,dumping them(cashing out) is the same as cutting USD holdings.

Either way it's a frigging Black Swan.

Look for the PM's top take flight next week in earnest.

If any fools continue to hold a majority of USD's in their portfolios, they deserve whats coming.

Haywood Jablowme's picture




DoChenRollingBearing's picture

@ DosZap,

Just what I was wondering too, pardner.  Do we and Alice get to watch silver and gold go to the moon this coming week?

narapoiddyslexia's picture

Maybe you can watch pm's go to the moon, because -

"When the pie is shrinking, people fight over crumbs."

At the 22:37 mark, at this link - watch the whole thing -

TN Jed's picture

Thank you! John's Hopkins had taken this link down.  Thought I had lost this excellent presentation.

JethroBodien's picture

I'm going to ask a question everyone has been wondering about. Where art though HarryWanger?

tmosley's picture

Died of autoerotic asphyxiation.  Tied the noose to a silver bar, and it kept rising.

herewego...'s picture


Asia has pushed Silver to a peak of $49.5.

It's your turn.


FEDbuster's picture

America your credit card has been declined, please take card from customer and cut it up in front of them.

JethroBodien's picture

I'm going to ask a question everyone has been wondering about. Where art though HarryWanger?

grady8's picture

Thanks for the great link. He should run for president.

Temporalist's picture

Ben Franklinesque?  Without the racoon hat.

FreedomGuy's picture

I watched the whole damn thing because I couldn't stop. Exactly what I've believed from soup to nuts. Makes you wonder why guys like him are not in government or strong advisory roles. Thanks for the link.

Temporalist's picture

Who the crazy gold people be in office?  You must not know your propaganda.

doggings's picture

it is in fact the very Black swan chosen to theme this dollar collapse video on.

so we shall see. 


FEDbuster's picture

I think I just heard "the fat lady" clearing her throat.  The Bernak's hemorrhoids must be flaring up this weekend!

thames222's picture

I'd bet he has herpes, or even crabs--word on the street is he's actually a total womanizer and dirtbag outside of the job too...go figure

Michael's picture

Here's a good visual of what the collapse looks like.

Wall Street + Federal Reserve Corporation Theft = World Economic Collapse

Troll Magnet's picture


that's bullshit.  nobody deserves what's coming when the dollar collapses.  hell, nobody deserves what's happening right now or what's been going on the last 30, 40 years.  the only ones who deserve to live the rest of their lives in misery are TPTB who caused all this shit.  but as always they will end up being alright - or even better off - while the innocent albeit ignorant mass suffers.

johnnynaps's picture

I beg to differ. The last 10 days, 3 people cut line in front of me, 4 old dinosaurs cut me off and the IRS made a mistake on my audit that isn't worth arguing. This country deserves every catastrophe imaginable. I've always been fond of survival of the fitest......I just hope it comes soon cause I can't take half this shitty population anymore!

onthesquare's picture

"survival of the fittest" Spenser not Darwin.

When every I see a touring bus at my favourite fast food mall I just drive on past. Old people in a group are worse than teenagers.

Libertarian777's picture

although the Fed notes M0 as currency in circulation technically shredded FRNs are not shredded currency. They are Federal Reserve NOTES (look on the bill itself, it states 'Federal Reserve Note').

I'm still trying to muddle through 'Theory of Money and Credit' by Mises, but there is actually a difference between a $1 Federal Reserve Note (which is a debt claim on a debt claim... ie. if you went to the Fed with your green $$$ they would swap it out for a pink piece of paper (T-bill or possibly even a T-Bond).

However a $1 coin on the other hand is actually a token (or money substitute). Again its not money itself, but it is legal tender. However it is NOT backed by T-bills.

For all practical purposes the distinction will be lost by most people, the question you should always ask yourself is...

what is the difference between a $1 American Silver Eagle, $1 coin, $1 FRN, 4 pre-1965 quarters, 2 pre-1965 half-dollars? Are they all '$1'?

This is what the government will have you believe. (Try buying a Silver Eagle from the US Mint for $1).

onthesquare's picture

Didn't JFK try to introduce the Federal Reserve Note back in 63?

Someone did not think much of that idea.

Manthong's picture

I wonder if that stuff would make effective packing fillre for the innovative PM dealer?

Careless Whisper's picture

are you in marketing? that's brilliant.

Manthong's picture

Thank you, yes I am.

And I also would suggest including a small clear plastic vial to use as a souvenier display piece (with dealer logo, of course) for the shredded fiat and a promotion to feature the packing as a bonus to the customer. I sure wouldn't mind having one to keep with my stash.

JB's picture

there's a guy on Ebay selling Buffalos, packaged with 100,000,000 dollar Zimbabwe notes.

Monedas's picture

Notice how "physical FRN" is part of the "monetary oncology" ... my little Bitchez ? Monedas 2011 In his political satire Monedas strives to conform to the standards of fairness and decency established by the Democrat party during the Reagan/Bush years ! Fuck Barack Hussein Obama !

just a dad's picture

What I believe this fine gentleman is trying to tell you is the following:

The Treasury is no longer shredding bills at the pace they once did, and due to that fact, there are no 'shredded' bags of currency available.

Now put on your thinking cap, and ask yourself "Why isn't the Treasury shredding bills like they used to"? 

Here's another hint:  Why did they put a sudden stop to the printing of the new $100 bill? It sure as hell was not due to the reason that was given to us useless eaters.

Hmmmm...  is it possible that there just MAY be a chance that they know something we can only speculate on ?

Rick64's picture

 Interesting, but what is your proof other than they are out of stock? How much do they usually sell per yr.? When did they run out and how long has it been? If you have some facts to back this up please post them.

Great Dane's picture

I read somewhere that the new 100's were actually printed with some actual gold ink (liberty bell perhaps), however the printer has issues.  that could theoretically back the dollar with real gold overnight. hmmmm.....

bankonzhongguo's picture

Just a corollary, when we deploy to far away lands and want to bribe somebody, its a ton of fun to land a C130 on some steppe and off-load pallets of US currency.  I would hazard to guess that all those shredded 100s are going to buy influence elsewhere.  The Fed writes it off and the Company drops it like baseball cards over some desert.  Funny how a US citizen can work their whole life for a measly $100,000 in the bank, and an antiquity minded tribal leader with 4 wives can sit in a cave and be handed $10 million for a year's worth of fake allegiance to the flag.  Blow-back happens in the US too.

Joseph Jones's picture

Darn straight!  Democracy, and freedom, both at work!  This is what people long for all over the world, to be like us!  To have what we have: no pot to piss in. 

Don Keot's picture

Coins are made by the US Treasury, FRN's are printed by the Fed.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I THINK that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing does the actual printing of FRNs.  It wold be interesting to know the interaction of the FED and that Bureau.

faustian bargain's picture

I think the Fed orders and 'buys' the FRN's from the bureau for a nominal fee.

BrobamaReds's picture

3 trillion?  That can't be good.

LeBalance's picture

"have any respect for OUR currency?"

Since it says at the top of the bill that it is a Federal Reserve Note (ownership established) and the Fed is a private bank (you do not own it), it is definitely not "your" currency.

It belongs to the Federal Reserve Bank.

Your misplaced emotional appeal / attack is interesting.

Sudden Debt's picture

But the debt is government owned.


Al Gorerhythm's picture

How about "Sudden Settlement"?

10kby2k's picture

How about "sudden death" or "sudden impact<<<clint film"

Is this a mainstream story?  Bond futures down 5 points?