After taking heat from the White House for nearly a year for its currency peg, a fact that in itself will never get China to loosen its regime as it would be perceived as yielding to pressure from D.C., China has once again gone on the offensive, this time via its commerce minister who earlier today said that dollar issuance in the U.S. is "out of control" which in turn is leading to an inflation assault on China. Of course, one simple way to deal with said assault would be to revalue the currency, but why do so if the world's biggest export economy benefits from the stupidity of the Federal Reserve. After all, the Fed's China monetary policy allows the US to continue to export inflation and to provide cheap Chinese goods to America's great unwashed masses of Wal Mart shoppers who enjoy cheap (but increasingly more expensive) products. Plus it is not as if China is not printing trillion in money of its own, however in the form of what the US used to do in the past, and do so in the form of cheap, NINJA credit. All in all, this is just another instance of a pot calling a kettle black, even as nothing ever changes.Well, one thing may change: imminent bubbles in ever more rare earth minerals, and soon, rice and rubber, will soon add to pressure in all other already inflating commodities. How companies will be able to pass through these costs to consumers, nobody seems to have either any idea, or care. Certainly not the Fed, which is very myopically welcoming this price change.
Chen Deming, speaking at a trade fair in southern China, said that exporters had done a good job of preparing themselves for exchange rate changes as well as rising labour costs, but were suddenly confronted with new challenges.
"Because the United States' issuance of dollars is out of control and international commodity prices are continuing to rise, China is being attacked by imported inflation. The uncertainties of this are causing firms big problems," Chen was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.
Chinese officials have criticised U.S. monetary policy as being too loose before, but rarely in such explicit language.
At the G20 meeting in South Korea which ended on Saturday, Chinese Finance Minister Xie Xuren said that issuers of major reserve currencies -- code for the United States -- must follow responsible economic policies.
Along with posing an inflationary risk, a weak dollar also places appreciation pressure on China's yuan since its value is so closely tied to the U.S. currency.
And here is all one needs to know:
Despite his concern about the impact of U.S. monetary policy, Chen gave a positive outlook for Chinese trade next year. He said export growth would be stable, while imports would increase strongly.
In other words, status quo preserved.