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Guess What Else China Is Hoarding

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We already know that Chinese imports of HK gold passed all records in the month of April. It appears that the precious metal is not the only hard asset that China has set its sights on.

From BBG:

China imported a net 25.3 million metric tons of crude in May, or 5.98 million barrels a day, up 10 percent from April, customs data showed yesterday. The previous record was 5.87 million barrels a day in February. Purchases cost an average of $120 a barrel, compared with about $123 in April, the data showed.

And visually:

Perhaps it is not worth pointing out that one thing China is seemingly not hoarding is the USD.


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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:51 | 2515164 masterinchancery
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Hmm.....Fortress China.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:56 | 2515199 The Monkey
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Along with copper, soft commodities, etc. The question really is, what is China NOT hording.

Oil, again, will be a great short.

Same sentiment as the early 1970's. Who really knows where equilibrium supply & demand should reside?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:13 | 2515266 CPL
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Last time that was historically was done was the Battle for the Red Cliffs in 3 AD.  The Han dynasty went apeshit politically and also was minting thinner pieces of silver (Chinese are historically users of silver, gold is a Euro/Arab thing) which was the equivalent of printing reams of fiat.  From what I've read, there was more pig iron in the coins than silver.


So the other two kingdoms in China at that time grabbed as many of the daily needs that their country slaves/folks/peasants needed in a giant stock pile.  Then proceeded to run a war of attrition.


They literally starved the Han dynasty to death.  Not with blockade actions, but by grabbing any resource being pulled from the ground.  The Han dynasty didn't know what hit it, nearly instant and fatal collapse.


History repeats as well as rhymes.  This time though there is only one "Han" counterpart on the modern world stage.  Don't need to fire a single shot if your target can't get the resources it requires and once the direction of the commodity flow is fixed by physical means (transport) and agreement.  There is nothing the target can do but wait and starve.


I would post links but google is loaded with a couple of thousand scholars papers on the subject.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:34 | 2515344 Stoploss
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Let me guess, they all say it won't happen either, cause this time is different.. LOL..

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:16 | 2515476 Karl von Bahnhof
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Do they prepare for something?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:41 | 2515360 MarkS
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What target would that be?  If you are talking the US you are wrong. 

Simply put, China doesn't have an ocean going Navy and is surrounded by choke points.  In fact, close the Mallacan Straights and China is screwed. US Navy can easily interdict any Chinese supply line and China cannot do the same. Theoretically, they could ally with Russia for raw materials, but they are historic enemies and that might push India (China's biggest future copmpetitor and rival) even further toward the US - and open an exposed Chinese border.

China decides to dump treasuries and China is screwed because their currency is pegged to it, the US is their second largest export market and the $US is still the world reserve currency. 

Like it not, the US and China have way too much to lose by being true adversaries...Complain about each other, sure.  Fight each other - bad idea.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:57 | 2515400 insanelysane
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The US did use the military to destroy the USSR but not by using the weapons but by simply developing and owning the weapons.  The USSR had to divert too much resource in trying to keep up.  This led to unhappy citizens and a broke ass country.  China only needs to apply pain to US citizens or European citizens by denying them what they believe their governments should be giving them.  The rest takes care of itself and shots need not be fired.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:32 | 2515542 W T Effington
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The USSR failed because of central planning. Not because we were better at developing bombs. Centrally planned countries always eventually fail. Period. The USSR would have failed even if they did not attempt to keep up with the U.S.A. militarily. The rate of failure is usually dependent upon the percentage of a countries' productive capacity which is centrally planned. The greater that percentage, the faster the rate of failure. The U.S.A. is on its way as well, unless we begin to revert back to freedom.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:22 | 2515654 Zero Govt
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perfectly stated W.T. Effington

Communism destroyed agriculture in the USSR (and Commie China) and any productive industry. The straw that broke Russias back was its only remaining profit centre, the export of oil. When oil bottomed at $12 a barrel Russia was completely fucked

the only battle the West engaged in with the USSR was in Afghanistan where the SAS trained the Taliban to fight gorilla warfare and the CIA armed them with anti-tank/helicopter missles. Once the Taliban started blowing up expensive pieces of Russian equipment bankrupt Gorbi had to pull them out as he couldn't afford the losses

Govt's kill nations, there's no other wrecker of economies than this institution of meddling idiots

Wars are Govt vs. Govt and are usually determined by which set of clowns makes the least mistakes (Hitler bit off more than he could chew in Russia -mistake No.1 - and mis-judged the Russian weather/winter - big mistake No.2)

Govt is a fucking joke, time to shut the shithole down

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:44 | 2515782 CharlieSDT
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Rule #1 of conquering Europe, do no invade Russia in the winter.  

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 19:21 | 2516320 StackAttack
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First rule of War Club.  Never fight a land war in Asia.

Second rule of War Club.  Never fight a land ware in Asia (when playing RISK).

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:29 | 2516770 TheObsoleteMan
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Agree with 99% of your good post, but Hitler COULD have easily defeated Russia, except he made one huge mistake which sealed his doom: Had he kept the SS out of Russia,and not torched entire villages, slaughtered the peasants and stole their foodstuffs, the soviet people would have joined with him. Hell, two million ukrainians joined the wehrmachct to fight Stalin. Had Hitler made the case for an independant Ukraine, it all would have been over before the winter snows fell. Of course after the war with Russia was decided, he could have renigned, and then took out the ukrainians. He forgot Caesar's rule of thumb; divide and conquer.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:12 | 2515669 mjk0259
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Is there a non-centrally planned one that hasn't failed? Hasn't China been mostly centrally planned for thousands of years?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 17:50 | 2516139 Umh
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I'm not going to look up history unless it's really important, but how many governments have they had in the last "thousands of years". I know the current one isn't very old(1949 if you start at Mao).

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:33 | 2515549 KickIce
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The golden rule comes to mind here, as in he who has the gold makes the rules...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 17:43 | 2516112 koperniuk666
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Christ you Meerkans need to get out more. Even out of state would be an improvement over staying at home with mum.

The Chinese have NEVER had explicitly stated expansionist intentions. The have NEVER even implied expansionism by their actions. They are NOT COMING YOU FUCKING THICK WANKERS!.

No ones hates you Meerkans we just laugh at your uninformed naivete.

Yes they realise the USD is worthless pulp BUT THEY ARE NOT COMING!!!!



Edit I ve been there AND to 80 other countries.



Mon, 06/11/2012 - 17:59 | 2516158 Umh
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Tell the Tibetians maybe they will chime in on your side.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 19:32 | 2516347 Ookspay
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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 19:39 | 2516363 DeadFred
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Simply put there are a multitude of articles recently about military changes by both the US and China that point toward preparation for a conflict. Why is the US deploying troops to Australia if not for worry about the Chinese military? Perhaps they think Sri Lanka poses a threat. There aren't many troops, but why any? The Chinese are developing and testing massed missle attack tactics which can overwhelm the US Navy's defences. There is no way they could gain control of the seas but they might make the sea lanes unavailable to both sides. Many reports recently have been stating the Chinese economy has been slowing down and use the massive stockpiles of unneeded commodities as evidence. If one sees a years supply of iron ore being dumped into huge piles is one looking at the malinvestments of a centrally planned economy or is one looking at war preparations? Time will tell but assuming completely peaceful Chinese intentions is about as foolhardy as assuming the Fed is only trying to help the US economy. The inside motivations and plans of both are hidden but a little paranoia is warranted.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 20:32 | 2516478 prole
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Why is the US deploying troops to Australia if not for worry about the Chinese military? Perhaps they think Sri Lanka poses a threat.

Probably because Bill Krystol or Lord Kissinger decided it would be a good idea? Besides "wasting money doing a whole bunch of stupid shiite" is the roll of "our" military these days.

(Besides preparing to massacre Christians in Syria shortly)

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 01:05 | 2520485 Tompooz
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While American troops in Australia may irk China, I guess the real purpose of that base is as half-way house for badly traumatized soldiers that cannot safely be re-integrated in American society.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:48 | 2516978 oldman
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China's purchases remind me alot of what the survivalists are advising people to do

spend those dollars now and stock up while there are goods on the shelves

get into gold, silvert, copper, fuel, basic shit for survival

anyway, how do you go to war with nuclear weapons?

I don't think they will have so many dollars to dump after they complete their shopping

big advantage, too, in having everything you need and out of the ground

China, at least, looks like a survivor

And its currency may be gold based and appealing to many nations

Yeah, I could see the US nuking China

This is really a mess

Hoping I'm just having a fear fantasy---I get a little crazy reading these articles         om


Tue, 06/12/2012 - 00:45 | 2517039 oldman
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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:24 | 2515505 W T Effington
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Your whole hoarding thesis would make more sense if we weren't each others biggest trading partners. Hoarding, as a military tactic, doesn't work so well when you sell all of your shit to the enemy for worthless paper. Just saying. Also, transportation is much more developed now than when Jesus was walking the earth so if China won't provide the raw goods for manufacturing, someone else will. They don't have a monopoly on their trading partners access to raw goods like the Chinese dynasties had upon each other. The world is global not local. I think they are simply trying to protect themselves from inflation. Albeit, in half measures, since they still print like crazy and accept what we print like crazy.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:05 | 2515644 CPL
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Here's the thing about historical relationships with China over the last 8000 years of recorded history.  They aren't "partners" like you would like them to be.  It is a relationship of convenience, nothing more.


Like the US had a "partnership" with the Contra's in the 80's...


Any case the teacher will school the tiny, short lived country called the USA and Russia.  The super powers on this planet if glimpsing at human history IS China and India.  It has nothing to do with the blip on the radar around the middle east and the euro thuggery/piracy or nukes or armies.


It has to do with recorded history, the one with the longest story wins and it sounds like you have a severe case of denial of that.  If not in doubt, get in doubt fast.



Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:17 | 2515687 boogerbently
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...we were partners with Iran against Iraq.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:28 | 2515726 Zero Govt
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are you implying Western Govts are rammed with slippery two-faced slimebags?

Good Call

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:34 | 2516783 W T Effington
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We actually armed Iraq in order to kill Iranians. They kicked our oil companies out of the country and we just couldn't have that. The Constitution governs Iran too, you know. Perhaps our past behavior has induced some of the hatred Iran has toward our glorious government?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 17:30 | 2516091 Vlad Tepid
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Without understanding this it is impossible to understand the future.  As you point out the historical arc has showed China astride the world in technology, wealth, governance, religion, military power, and just about every other metric one can use since the beginning of recorded history.  The last 200 years are a blip that any Chinese will tell you was a result of allowing the non-Chinese barbarian Qing (Manchu) to run the show for too long.

I would say history is quickly reverting to its norm and people had best understand how China has managed and "worked with" client states, tributaries, and "barbarians" in the past.  The term "Middle Kingdom" isn't just flowery rhetoric; it's a description of their national philosophy.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 00:00 | 2516998 W T Effington
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CPL, Lets get real. There is nothing necessarily superior about any particular race. It all comes down to ideas. Certain ideas are superior to others. Liberty being one of them. Free people produce and create. Slaves and the repressed do not. China may become a powerful people again but it will only be because they are free and productive. Power comes from wealth. Wealth comes from productivity. Productivity comes from free people. Free people embrace the ideas of liberty. Therefore, liberty is empowering. Not a peoples long lost domination of others which is what you seem to refer to.

Also, you claim that the one with the longest story wins. Wins what exactly? Does not every peoples history go back to the same place. Every man dies. Your story is not your great grandfathers story, or your fathers story or a Chinese mans story who lived 1000 years ago. Your story begins and ends with you. We either learn from our own experience or if we are wise we learn from the men and women who have walked this earth before us. There is a difference between living in the past (like you seem to be) and learning from the past (which is what I suggest doing). You are the one who seems to be in denial of the reality we are faced with in the year 2012. China, America, Europe. We are all different versions of the same monster. Central Power and Central Planning. If we do not change, we all face the same fate, regardless of race, genealogy or any other superficial categorization.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:17 | 2515283 txsilverbug
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The question really is, what is China NOT hording.


US Dollars..

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:39 | 2515354 Town Crier
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Alcohol.  Most Chinese are allergic to it.  More hours in the day to get things done.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:53 | 2515391 francis_sawyer
Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:30 | 2515333 Harbanger
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 It's more like 1929, except this time it will be a European-American power exchange and transfer to Asia.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:51 | 2515380 greyghost
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you haven't read the latest from the mighty jim quinn. he says he knows where the equilibrium of supply and demand is exactly. i wonder if he has calulated the chinese hoarding in his theories? hat tip to the monkey...said so much with few words and no graphs or charts!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:01 | 2515620 Bicycle Repairman
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"he says he knows where the equilibrium of supply and demand is exactly."

Only a select few know this.  And this knowledge is used to great effect.  BTW Mr. Quinn isn't one of the select.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:06 | 2515244 CrashisOptimistic
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FYI this might not be hoarding.

China's domestic oil extraction-from-the-ground rate (aka production) is among their most closely guarded state secrets.  Journalists who enter the country and travel to oil well regions have been arrested and jailed as spies.

There has been substantial speculation that China's oil extraction rate is well past peak and declining.

And thus, even if their economy is weakening and reducing their oil consumption, they may have to increase imports -- with it having nothing to do with hoarding.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:56 | 2515310 Bicycle Repairman
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"China's domestic oil extraction-from-the-ground rate (aka production) is among their most closely guarded state secrets."

Only China does this.  All other countries, including the US, have no trouble being completely transparent about their most strategic commodity.  After all, without such disclosure, how could the free market in oil exist?


Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:23 | 2515300 MarkS
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It's not what they are hoarding, it's why they are hoarding.  And, it's not because they fear a collapse of the $US.

They are hoarding oil because they recieve a large portion of their oil from Iran and that could be an issue if a blockade of Iran happens.  FYI, the US petroleum reserves are at their highest level EVER, which if your conspricay a theorist and you add that to the level of US operational forces in the proximity of Iran it tells you something...or not.

They are hoarding other commodities for 3 reasons. 

First, it allows them to transfer capital out of China - buy AND OVERPAY for a commodity (notice their average price for oil) and have the excess go into your bank account, an inefficient but very real way of avoiding capital oversight/controls.

Second, this upcoming transfer of power is creating a good deal of uncertainty internally.  The arrest of Bo Jilai was important because it pits the conservatives (intelligence and the Army - Bo Jilai) against the reformers (current leadership).  It shouldn't be lost on anybody that:

1.  the arresting forces were not common to his region

2.  that the leadership called on the Army to publicly suport the arrest after it happened

Third, commodities are used as an informal currency inside of China, although not so much as 2 years ago as the government has caught on to it.  Chinese were using a sort of barter system to avoid the tracking of cash internally, but the governement caught on about 18 months ago and put everyone on notice that they had 'noticed'.


Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:32 | 2515543 dbomb12
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I think it is allot more simple, the Chinese are hoarding gold oil and other commodities because I am sure they believe as everyone else does that hyperinflation is soon to come, so why not purchase hard good with dollars before it is completely worthless and when it loses reserve currency status they will still have all the hard goods they purchased in exchange for basically worthless toilet paper.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 16:24 | 2515907 Breaker
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It'll be funny if big-time deflation suddenly kicks in.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 20:37 | 2516486 prole
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Then we can buy it all back, with more dollars... winning!!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 21:19 | 2516598 dbomb12
Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:50 | 2515165 Cognitive Dissonance
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Black Gold bitches!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:52 | 2515179 carbonmutant
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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:54 | 2515188 Sudden Debt
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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:15 | 2515271 CPL
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This episode of the Zerohedge was rbought to you by the letter B.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:39 | 2515353 Shazam342
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That is so Sesame Street! 

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:17 | 2515280 Bananamerican
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Biotechs Britches!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:53 | 2515180 TN Jed
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$84 barrel of laughs

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:57 | 2515205 francis_sawyer
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you take one down, pass it around... $83 barrels of...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:04 | 2515243 Manthong
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$83, $103, $133  they don’t care.

They will be trading excess FRNs at whatever price for their strategic petroleum reserves , especially when the Stoner-In-Chief sells oil from ours to boost his numbers right before the election.

(not to mention dumping FRN’s for gold and silver and other commodities)

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:34 | 2515291 Cognitive Dissonance
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That point where people or nations holding dollars and any other endangered currency are trying to purchase something (anything) that is "real".........has begun.

Now the party's getting really good. Someone slipped acid in the punch.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:34 | 2516943 TrulyBelieving
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Nothing quite so fun as watching sociopaths on acid.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:50 | 2515384 CrazyCooter
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That is 10 bucks over ANS for the month of May ...

If you check a map, you will see that Valdez is just across the pond from the Asian markets, so ANS vs Brent is a very interesting price pair to follow as ANS is a pretty good proxy for Asia and Brent is a pretty good proxy for Europe.



Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:51 | 2515166 Winston of Oceania
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The war economy is a hungry beast. Look what ours has eaten since WWII...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:51 | 2515168 RacerX
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that's okay, we are increasing our demand for paper commodies.. for our Farmville farms.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:52 | 2515169 francis_sawyer
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Well the first thing u kno ol 'Chen's a millYUANaire...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:59 | 2515225 Likstane
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Chen's blobbin' family said, "move away from there"

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:02 | 2515233 NotApplicable
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Damn, I was too slow.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:27 | 2515321 hidingfromhelis
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Tiananmen Tea...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:01 | 2515229 NotApplicable
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The Kin folk said, "Chen, move away from there!"

They say you need to come and fill up our empty cities.

So, the loaded up the cart, and they moved to Kangbashi.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:52 | 2515172 fonzannoon
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Somebody's hoarding the USD.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:58 | 2515213 lolmao500
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The FED you mean?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:11 | 2515457 Raymond Reason
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Citizens of Argentina. 

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:51 | 2515812 CharlieSDT
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Zimbabwe.  They enjoyed hyperinflation so much last time they want to do it again.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:52 | 2515174 masterinchancery
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As I recall, when China invaded India in 1962, they ran out of petroleum.  Not next time?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:55 | 2515196 francis_sawyer
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But as I recall, TODAY is the 50th anniversary of this, APPARENTLY SUCCESSFUL, escape from Alcatraz om June 11, 1962...


Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:52 | 2515175 Mr_Wonderful
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Stocking up for war.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:52 | 2515176 Jason T
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I better order another 5 cords of wood.  I can't afford oil. 

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:53 | 2515181 Temporalist
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And in India:


S&P warns India risking investment downgrade; Rupee, Sensex fall

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:54 | 2515184 Sudden Debt
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And still the price is dropping. Imagine that they stop buying and what it will do to the price!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:54 | 2515186 lolmao500
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They are making reserves... because we know their bubble economy doesn't need that much oil.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:54 | 2515189 carbonmutant
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If suppy chains look like they might break down you don't want to be caught with an empty pantry...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:54 | 2515191 AlamoJack
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Uh-oo. I think the ranch needs a 1000 gallon overhead diesel storage tank. C'monnnnnn Craigslist.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:58 | 2515214 Cast Iron Skillet
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Strange ... "overhead Fukushima cooling pond" spontaneously pops into my head ... hope it isn't like that.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:46 | 2515372 francis_sawyer
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guaranteed HH has one of those...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:19 | 2515486 AlamoJack
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Tanks for the LINK vaquero, but I found some used 250 gal propane tanks for less than $1 a gallon. Still, that WAS a kuul site.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:02 | 2515634 Yes We Can. But...
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Glad to help:

BTW, for you Craigslist users out there, there are iPhone apps such as CraigsPro+ that are much easier to use than Craigslist itself for searching nationwide....

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 20:00 | 2516411 Ookspay
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TY, nice...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:55 | 2515195 firstdivision
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But how many BPD are used to each day?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:56 | 2515197 ArrestBobRubin
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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:01 | 2515198 Aquiloaster
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Hoarding oil and gold are just antiquated Chinese traditions. Move along.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:56 | 2515200 junkyardjack
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China should set up sanctions on the US for dumping commodities on China at below market prices.....

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:56 | 2515201 eclectic syncretist
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Why not stockpile it?  They can use their own (or our) cyber money to pay for it, they don't have to use gold,..yet!

Oh well.  At least we lightened up on stockpiling their silly bandz and other similar trifles.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:58 | 2515217 francis_sawyer
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Not if they're buying it from the Ayatollah...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:57 | 2515207 Shizzmoney
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China gonna China.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:57 | 2515208 reader2010
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After having burnt by diversification into Euros,  China's preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Import enough of oil, gold, plastic rice for those soon to be built empty cities in the middle of gobi desert.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:58 | 2515210 unclebill
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Meanwhile en espana.....

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:58 | 2515215 BlueStreet
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We should all start hoarding rice because make no mistake it's coming. 

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:09 | 2515256 Dr. Engali
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Don't forget to hoard spices too. Rice can be pretty bland on its own.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:15 | 2515274 HoofHearted
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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:58 | 2515406 Bob
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Very tasty and versatile, outstanding in every way. 

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:22 | 2515501 AlamoJack
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Whutz Quinoa? Never heard of it. And by the way, it's a milk GOAT. Cows are really, REALLY destructive and must stay out of the yard, BUT they are very helpful with the fertillizer.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 16:29 | 2515913 CharlieSDT
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Sun to grass to cow to your plate is one of the most efficient uses of farmland on a calorie-per-acre standpoint.  No offense to goats, man's oldest friend.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:21 | 2515303 DosZap
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We should all start hoarding rice because make no mistake it's coming.


Rice & Beans require heat and lots of water.Make sure if you sock them away, you KNOW you will have access to a good supply.A rice and pinto bean diet will almost be all you need to sustain life,along with vitamins.


Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:33 | 2515342 marathonman
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With a nice side benefit of self-generating natural gas!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:53 | 2515393 BlueStreet
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Got 15 acreas and a small house under contract, just waiting on the bank.  It's got a well and 13 acres of trees for fuel.  Only problem is the bank holding the mortgage is in India, unbelievable.  

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 20:03 | 2516418 Ookspay
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Sounds great! When you call customer support they will re-route the call to the US!


Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:24 | 2515507 AlamoJack
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Don't forget the jackrabbits and squirrels. Yummm!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:59 | 2515219 Dr. Engali
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It's a good thing those damn evil speculators are selling it to them cheaper the past few weeks. Call it a "rollback " price.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:59 | 2515224 Cast Iron Skillet
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wow! stacking & preparing ....

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:02 | 2515235 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The half life of gold is longer.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:03 | 2515239 firestarter_916
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Once China trades in all its $USD and Treasuries for oil and gold, it might not be a bad place to invest.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:03 | 2515240 americanspirit
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I wonder how many Prepper blogs there are in China, and what they're saying.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:30 | 2515334 francis_sawyer
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Ther're saying... "We need to stop blobbing & start PLEPPING"

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:33 | 2515340 Wakanda
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China still has a vibrant family food producing culture - "uncle Chan's rice paddy, chickens, and ducks".

We have McDonalds!  Go USA!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 17:38 | 2516102 Ookspay
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Hi Wakanda,

How Grows it? Our garden is doing okay, not much rain, hand watering. But looking good! Corn is already knee high!

Cheers - Ookspay

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:05 | 2515245 DutchR
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China is filling up its strategic petroleum reserves.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:19 | 2515294 walküre
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China's strategic OIL reserves are located in Russia and Canada.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:48 | 2515376 francis_sawyer
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China... Fuck yea!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:10 | 2515257 kennard
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China is now importing as much oil as the U.S., between China's increased imports and the U.S.'s declining imports. Relative to the size of the respective economies, the cost of oil imports has twice the impact on China as it does on the U.S. ... and yet, we in the U.S. blame the cost of oil imports for economic decline, as China prospers.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:26 | 2515315 DosZap
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China is now importing as much oil as the U.S., between China's increased imports and the U.S.'s declining imports. Relative to the size of the respective economies, the cost of oil imports has twice the impact on China as it does on the U.S. ... and yet, we in the U.S. blame the cost of oil imports for economic decline, as China prospers.

And the dumb asses here are importing 28% of our refined gasoline.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:10 | 2515258 ArrestBobRubin
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China: don't forget the TP!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:10 | 2515259 sabra1
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all that oil being stored, must cost a lot more than a one cent match that can.....aaaaaand it's gone!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:13 | 2515267 uno
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also hoarding the fresh water(?) from the Great Lakes

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:13 | 2515268 Eisenhorn
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Guess What Else China Is Hoarding

American Jobs?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:47 | 2515373 Bartanist
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I would call it "value adding" jobs as opposed to American jobs. I wonder if they will trade us some value adding jobs for as many bankers, lawyers and politicians as we can fit on 5 battleships?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:50 | 2515383 francis_sawyer
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You mean to tell me that the country that 'invented' paper currency hasn't yet figured out how to have high paying jobs pushing paper assets around?...

I definitely overestimated them...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:14 | 2515269 dumbfounded
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So if china prefers oil over dollars, when do oil-"producing" nations realize that they will be left holding the bag (of paper) if they generate more oil revenues than they can roll over into hard assets and well allocated investments (infrastructure, technology, productive facitlites etc. - NOT a second jet for the wife or government bonds from the guy who is buying your oil) ??

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:18 | 2515290 shovelhead
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Gold backed Yuan.

Good bye dollar.

US dirt nap.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:26 | 2515313 mt paul
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call me

when they start hoarding

walrus flippers

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:27 | 2515324 TrustWho
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Asians do have the highest IQs of the human species.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:49 | 2515382 Floordawg
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Score high on IQ tests, yes. But score basically zero on creativity, they only seem to have a knack for trying to copy western ingenuity.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 17:48 | 2516125 Vlad Tepid
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And who did they copy these from:



The Compass

The Novel

The Multi-Decked Sailing Ship

The Bureaucractic Examination

Wood Pulp Paper

The Plow

Wet-rice agriculture


The Crossbow

The Horse Collar

etc etc

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 20:56 | 2516533 prole
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If they invented bureaucrats then fucck them

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:04 | 2515420 strayaway
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Which "Asians"? Amerindians came from Asia. Are you saying illegal Amerindians from Guatamala and Mexico are underperfoming in schools? How did you ascertain that "Asians" have a higher IQ than Ashkenazi Jews? 

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 18:23 | 2516214 Umh
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Are you sure about "Amerindians came from Asia" or just believing a bunch of dead white guys?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 16:04 | 2515862 ebear
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smarter than the average panda!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:28 | 2515325 BudFox2012
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Wonder if Buffet thinks oil is a barbaric relic too...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 16:08 | 2515870 ebear
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>>Wonder if Buffet thinks oil is a barbaric relic too...<<

Warren Buffet is a barbaric relic.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:28 | 2515328 Ookspay
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In the meantime, Western civilization is nearing collapse as oil runs out, and the Chinese are making vast leaps forward by miniaturizing themselves and training groups of hundreds to think as one. Eventually, the miniaturization proceeds to the point that they become so small that they cause a plague among those who accidentally inhale them, ultimately destroying Western civilization beyond repair.

Slapstick - Kurt Vonnegut 1976

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:32 | 2515339 francis_sawyer
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If I'm going to be miniaturized, I wanna take Racquel Welsh with me...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:01 | 2515398 Dr. Engali
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 Fantastic Voyage was good but  One Million B.C,  Ahh the fantasies that movie used to bring.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:27 | 2515723 francis_sawyer
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The dude that won the Oscar for 'special effects' for FANTASTIC VOYAGE...

I took his daughter to her senior high school prom (no shit)... Anyway ~ so I held that statue in my hand (among other things ~ that night)...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 16:32 | 2515923 Ookspay
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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 16:34 | 2515932 Ookspay
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Doc, You and Sawyer are giving away your ages, lol!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 17:53 | 2516146 Amish Hacker
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Sex after 60 is great, especially the one in the summer.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:33 | 2515341 Liquid Courage
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Actually it seems that having come late to the SPR game, they've now completed Phase II of their planned 100 day SPR and have been filling it up. A 100 day reserve is what's recommended by the IEA and since Phase I only brought China up to 39 days, they're still playing catch-up with most of the rest of the world. I'll bet dollars to egg rolls, though that soon enough they'll have the biggest SPR in terms of days supply. The US SPR (BTW) is about 80 days worth. 

China’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves: A Reality Check Mandip Singh


May 21, 2012

China consumed about 9.2 million barrels of oil per day in 2010, of which 4.8 million barrels per day (52 per cent) was imported. Analysts believe that, by 2020, nearly 65 per cent of the oil consumed in China will have to be imported. According to China’s stated policy on SPR, the country plans to maintain an SPR of 500 million barrels of oil, equivalent to 100 days of consumption at normal rates.


By the end of 2010, China's petroleum reserve capacity was enough for 39 days of consumption, comprising of SPR oil and a further 168 million barrels of commercial reserve capacity. The country's second phase of SPR is expected to be completed by 2012, with eight sites scheduled to be ready. This will likely boost SPR capacity to 37.53 million tons or 270 million barrels. When China finishes filling its reserve of about 500 million barrels, it will roughly equal three months of imports and constitute the second-largest stockpile in the world., accessed on 18 April 2012." href="">24 Analysts believe that the Libyan oil crisis and the Iranian oil embargo are likely to drive nations to increase stockpiles. In respect of China’s SPR it is said “With the expectation that prices are going to rise, they will accelerate the pace of tank-filling,” says K.F. Yan, director at energy consultants CERA in Beijing.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:37 | 2515351 YHC-FTSE
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+1 bingo. Beat me to it.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:44 | 2515365 Bartanist
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What would you rather hold; an excess of US dollars and Euros or an excess of gold, oil and other natural resources? Isn't is stimulative, since the dollars will then go to banks to be re-invested in the economy (or to prop up stock prices and buy real assets from fools).

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:46 | 2515371 roadhazard
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"Strategic Oil Reserve" = Not for you and me or Wong & Fong. It's all Gov./military go juice.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:53 | 2515389 Catullus
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Very traditional.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:55 | 2515397 JackInTheBox
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It's also building/hoarding increasingly cheap empty apartments and homes.  Maybe the'll spend their gold building even more cities with no one in them...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 13:56 | 2515399 orangegeek
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Chinese purchased oil for $120 per barrel - and oil has declined since then -


Those communists are so smart.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:14 | 2515466 reader2010
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China has been the dumbest money since 1978.  Think differently now!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:29 | 2515526 robertocarlos
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Maybe Canada should sell all their oil to China.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 14:33 | 2515552 world_debt_slave
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peak oil

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