Marc Faber: "China And The US Are On A Collision Course", Sees 10% Real Inflation In China
Marc Faber was on Bloomberg TV sharing his thoughts on China's 5th RRR tightening in 2010. While the man whose on the ground perspective affords him a good sense of what is really happening, does not anticipate major adverse developments out of the recent round of tightening posturing, he does warn that unless China manages to control commodity inflation, things could get ugly, essentially reiterating what Albert Edwards said yesterday. "Inflation is a dangerous situation everywhere in the world. I think in general that Consumer Price Indices published by China and the US do not reflect the real cost of living that households in these countries have. In Emerging Economies it is worse in the sense that if you have a per capita income of $1000 per year, food accounts for 50% of our expenditures... Even if China tightened, interest rates are still far below the true rate of inflation, and I spoke to a lot of people in China - my view is that inflation in China is running at 10% per annum." On Bernanke's overnight defense of his failed policies: "All I would say is that the problem of the world is that the US overconsumed and spends too much on consumption, and as can be expected some currencies didn't want their currencies to appreciate too much. I think that China and the US are on a collision course, both economically and politically." In other words, our speculation that China and the US are playing a global game of chicken is validated, the problem is that billions of people will suffer no matter who blinks first.