China Halts US Dollar Transactions With Afghan Banks

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The de-dollarization escalates. As Reuters reports, Chinese banks have halted dollar transactions with most Afghan commercial banks. Whether this is related to the terrorist operations in the Muslim-dominated Uighur region is unclear... also unclear is whether the Chinese banks will accept transactions with Afghan banks in CNY?



As Reuters reports,

Chinese banks have halted dollar transactions with most Afghan commercial banks, the central bank governor said on Thursday, making it difficult for businesses to pay for imports with one of the Afghanistan's biggest trading partners.


"China is a major country that was handling those bank transfers, and now they have told the banks they can't do it," governor Noorullah Delawari told Reuters.


The impact on business had been felt immediately, he said.

De-Dollarization or Anti-Terrorist action? The official story is as follows:

The Chinese move was part of the trend in which it was increasingly difficult for Afghanistan's commercial banks to execute international transactions, Delawari said. "Some of our banks cannot do any direct transactions because their correspondent banks in the U.S., Europe, Germany, or Turkey (have halted transactions)," he said.


"Now even transferring money to China to import goods has been affected."


The Afghan government's failure to pass key measures means that it could in June be blacklisted by Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international body that sets standards on how countries combat money laundering.


Banks have been struggling since FATF threatened Afganistan with the blacklist early this year.


"That has been affecting our banks ability to transfer money for anything," Delawari said, describing how students abroad were unable to receive money from there parents as an example.


Chinese banks and officials were not immediately available for comment.

Because, apparently, now even the Chinese banks are suddenly very concerned about money laundering compliance. In the meantime, Afghanistan: meet gold.

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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:38 | 4784667 Bazinga
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DE-DOLLARIZATION pickin'up momentum bitchez! Our fearless leaders are absolutely brilliant...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:44 | 4784694 gh0atrider
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Satoshi we are coming!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:46 | 4784701 strannick
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Repudiation of the digi-dollar. Its on like Wangy Dong

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:01 | 4784763 Xibalba
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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:03 | 4784775 BanksterSlayer
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Move over #PetroYuan ... Hello #OpiumYuan

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:26 | 4784866 Keyser
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Keep stacking... It's getting closer by the day...


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:58 | 4784983 Anasteus
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Well, yes, keep stacking... and pray the BIS to compensate everything with the paper scam as long as needed until it all crashes down.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:58 | 4785269 Xibalba
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If you stack to flip for currency, you're fucked. If you stack because it's money that will outlast 'money', well then you're gonna be alright. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:47 | 4784708 DoChenRollingBearing
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To my knowledge, there are not too many UIGHURS in Afghanistan.  Muslims yes, but Uighurs (I think) are more-or-less "Eastern Turks".

Do correct me if I am wrong, I am here to learn too.


(I have some Satoshis coming via "mail order')

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:56 | 4784751 Payne
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China vs the CIA

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:57 | 4784755 Bindar Dundat
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WW3 has now started.   

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:01 | 4784767 Xibalba
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The West is salivating at the prospects.  Ordo ab Chao and all

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:27 | 4784871 Keyser
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Been going on for a while, although if you ask the average citizen all you would get is a blank stare in return... 


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:17 | 4785093 DanDaley
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Shutting down the dollar the Chinese way...drip...drip...drip.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:03 | 4786125 Keyser
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Death by 1000 cuts... 


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:42 | 4784926 Luckhasit
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My money is on China. True it's the CIA but they have shown to be astronomical fuck ups and in China, well if you fuck up you die.  So China has the better incentive. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:05 | 4786133 Keyser
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The west often forgets that China has been around for thousands of years, long before the west was conceived. They are patient and ruthless. The west is naive at best. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:09 | 4784807 bcking
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Hell yeah, dawg! Ize be stacken dem bitcoinz niggaz!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:31 | 4784891 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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BTC users would do well to cut the fucking speculative hype already and start building businesses (not involving BTC "miners") which accept BTC as payment... Maybe then the price wouldn't fluctuate +/- 100% every year.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:35 | 4784906 gh0atrider
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That won't happen and gh0atrider is still bullish on BTC.  Consider that BTC is still a tiny market, and that it's a currency with the exact opposite properties of government fiat.  Government fiat is negative, debt-based currency.  BTC is positive, non-debt based currency.  So any attempts to price this tiny market in government fiat is going to appear to be all over the place.  Bitcoin itself is very stable and predictable.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:01 | 4785013 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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It ain't going to be bitcoin as the long term winner. Bitcoin is fast becoming obsolete in terms of technology for blockchains and hashing algorithms. The technology has already moved beyond bitcoin's implementation of the blockchain and the rest of the herd is just starting to catch up to it. Bitcoin opened the door but it is off to the races now and that horse is lagging in the tech arms race and over time will lose more and more market share. Block chains and crypto-currencies in general have bright future just bitcoin is limited like mp3.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:44 | 4784696 Jack's Digestib...
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De-dollarization or anti-terrorism?


Doesn't the former lend itself to the latter?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:47 | 4785230 Kirk2NCC1701
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Isn't de-dollarization needed to stop money laundering?  Er, I mean, currency laundering.

And with it, to stop funding terra-rists?  ;-)  ;-)

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:24 | 4786208 CrabNuggetOne
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Spot on sir, the most important point. Anyone outside the US using US dollars for trade is aiding and abbetting terrorism on a world-wide scale, paying for their own enslavement, and eventual murder.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:45 | 4784699 kchrisc
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They may be your "leaders, " but they are not mine.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:45 | 4784700 y3maxx
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...USSA/Pres Halfrobama's Urghu CIA False Flag event backfires....again...and again and again.

Ongoing batting average?.....0% for Americans

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:00 | 4784761 813kml
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If at first your false flags don't succeed, try try again.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:07 | 4786140 Keyser
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Or just declare 500,000 acres of border territory as a national monument, then forbid patrolling of the corridor. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:56 | 4784748 Renewable Life
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I understand the macro overall consequences of this "de-dollarization" conversation, but I'm still looking for the micro signs that the FED is getting scared or effected by all this??

If someone could explain, what "we" (ZHers) should be looking for as this halt continues in dollar transaction usage? (And War is the obvious answer, but I'm talking economically or in the mechanics of the American economy)

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:33 | 4784896 Warhead
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Motherfucker, war is the answer!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:05 | 4785033 SimplePrinciple
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Look for Belgium to increase its suddenly huge appetite for US Treasuries.  When it becomes obvious that absolutely nobody is buying Treasuries except for the Fed and its operatives, plus annuities or others who have no choice, then everybody will look to exit the USD.

That is actually already upon us, but the question becomes, "What to?"  That is why the race is on for practical alternative mechanisms for international trade.  I expect non-paper gold will be an anchor of some sort within this system.

As for the American economy, it becomes much poorer and stay that way until businesses get some reassurance their assets/profits won't be confiscated to help pay down government debts.  

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:15 | 4785077 DanDaley
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Rickards gave 7 warning signs of the collapse in the last chapter of his new book, The Death of Money

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:47 | 4784945 Obama_4_Dictator
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We Chinese, we play joke, we don't want your federal reserve notes...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:08 | 4785301 kill switch
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Our fearless leaders are absolutely brilliant...


These idiots don't even understand the ramifications that this has for the Fascist States of Amerika!!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:39 | 4784669 PartysOver
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Green Back = Green Backside.  Stripe the ole arse.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:49 | 4784670 Obama_4_Dictator
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So many Ruahhh Roahhhss, so little time....the time for preparation is almost over...I am giddy with butterflys in my stomach

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:39 | 4784671 Schmuck Raker
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"De-Dollarization or Anti-Terrorist action?"

Same, same.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:39 | 4784673 Hippocratic Oaf
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Ha fuckin' HA!

Any word from odumbo?


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:38 | 4784870 Professor Fate
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Yeah!  Today's Odumbo report says he shot a 45 on the back nine.  Had to pay his opponent, Ho En Wan, off in Bitcoin.  US dollar evidently no longer being accepted in skins games with Chinese opponents.

Fate the Magnificent
"Push the Button, Max"

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:40 | 4784675 alien-IQ
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i guess this too is bullish for US stocks?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:43 | 4784691 Sudden Debt
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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:57 | 4784753 Bernoulli
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Belgium will happily pick up those dollars.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:40 | 4784676 the not so migh...
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follow the us dollar trail to the terrorist

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:48 | 4784712 kchrisc
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"follow the us dollar trail to the terrorist"

Easy, FedRes to DC.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:40 | 4784677 OC Sure
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The greatest impetus for de-dollarization is the Federal Reserve itself.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:43 | 4784688 Sudden Debt
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so will the CIA now also trade in yuan?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:50 | 4784719 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Everyone can make all the jokes they want but crypto-currency is going to benefit because of just that reason. There is only one piece of the puzzle in crypto-currencies missing that makes it completely unblockable. Convertability is another story though.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:08 | 4784796 Sabibaby
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What if war or earthquakes break telco cables and you can trade your crpyto currencies? Sure they'll be repaired eventually but are you going to sit around and wait for them to be repaired?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:18 | 4784832 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Who said anything about using telco cables... And who said anything about centralized exchanges...


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:06 | 4785039 WillyGroper
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Your smoke signals gonna transmit?

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