In continuing its recent pursuit of "white knight on full retard tilt" policies vis-a-vis the endless European bailout, and throwing good money after bad after horrible after totally lost, today Chinese premier Wen Jiabao said that not only would China do everything in its power to preserve the EUR (after all that CNY needs to be cheap against some currency) and "work for expeditious recovery and stable growth" but also unveiled that it is now preparing to go ahead an buy Hungarian bonds. As if owning Greek, Portuguese, Spanish and Irish debt was not enough. It seems China has learned from the best, and either knows something others don't (except for the SHIBOR market of course) or is actively preparing to become Too Biggest To Fail by making sure that should something bad happen to it literally the entire world will follow it into the depths of hell. Which, as Jamie Dimon, Vik Pandit, Lloyd et al have known for the past 3 years, is not a bad strategy. Look for China to keep buying up ever more European debt as it intertwines its fate with that of the rest of the central planning cartel: a development we can only compare to the ever deteriorating Spanish Cajas desire to buy up as many semi-healthy banks as they possibly can to prevent a policy determination to shut them, and their billions of bad debts, down.
More from Reuters:
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Saturday he was "still confident" that Europe can overcome the debt crisis and said China would remain a long-term investor in Europe's debt market.
The Chinese Premier spoke at a press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a visit to Hungary.
"I have confidence in European economic development," he said. "China is a long-term investor in Europe's sovereign debt market. In recent years we have increased by a quite big margin holdings of euro bonds."
"In the future, as we have done in the past, we will support Europe and the euro," Wen added.
He said China stood willing to help Europe "work for expeditious recovery and stable growth," but did not give exact figures on how much euro zone sovereign debt China might buy.
Wen also said China was willing to buy a "certain amount" of Hungarian government bonds and aims to boost bilateral trade to $20 billion by 2015. He did not specify the amount of Hungarian bonds China would be willing to purchase either.
In a smart move, Jiabao is now touring his latest vassal purchases: aka peripheral Europe:
The Chinese premier is visiting Europe as the euro zone grapples to contain Greece's worsening debt crisis and possible default which analysts fear could roil global markets and trigger another financial crisis.
China has large holdings of euro-denominated assets in its vast $3.05 trillion foreign reserves and is desperate to do what it can to preserve the value of its holdings, though analysts say the extent to which China may commit fresh funds toward purchasing distressed European debt as a market-calming gesture, will likely be limited.
Wen Jiabao, the first Chinese head of government to visit Hungary for 24 years, is also seeking to explore greater trade ties with the country given its strategic location and increasing role as a logistics and trade processing hub in Eastern Europe for Chinese goods.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said China's buying of Hungarian government bonds would increase the security of debt financing for Hungary in the medium term.
"The purchase of government bonds is also important for Hungary as Hungary is able to finance itself from markets but the fact that China will buy further will bring huge security," Orban said.
Bottom line: only someone on the verge of desperation, and for whom cost basis is completely irrelevant, is willing to throw as much good money after bad, as China has done in the past half year.