October 28, 2010, 13:43
October 28, 2010, 18:44
QE2 is doomed to fail and the Chinese are not buying the spin BS from the US.
From "China Daily" By Shi Jiaqi (chinadaily.com.cn)
It seems that America is partly successful in pitting some emerging economies against China. They criticize China for gaining an unfair advantage in the global competition by depreciating its currency together with the US dollar. However, this strategy is doomed to backfire. First, they will very soon come to realize that China is just doing what they want to do--to protect itself in an uncertain world. Second, they have already figured out the real sources of the problem. If America, the biggest reserve currency issuer, does not stop pumping liquidity into the world economy, the world will be inevitably be dragged into an enormous disaster.
The US strategy will not work on China. If history is any guide, it's obvious that America's domestic economic problem can't be resolved by external measures. Although the US government blames the high unemployment at home on China's exchange rate regime, the sharp depreciation of the dollar in both the early 1970s and mid-1980s did little to help the US economy to fundamentally adjust its external imbalances. What did help is the emergence of new industries and a new global competitiveness America found in those industries.
No serious scholars will buy the theory that a sharp appreciation of the RMB will help address America's problem. The only certain consequence it may have if China accepts the US plan, as demonstrated by Japan's experience, is economic chaos and long-lasting depression.
America should stop blaming China's cautious saving for America's reckless spending. This accusation is unfair. To expect China to rapidly appreciate the RMB, at the risk of widespread bankruptcies and social unrest at home, is even more absurd. America should stop externalizing its domestic issues and act in a more responsible way, by reducing the twin deficits, stopping the hazardous liquidity-creating measures, restructuring its own economy and be more open to foreign investors.
In the above three fronts, America is starting a war with unclear targets and wrong methods. Although senior US officials deny that America seeks to sustain its economic recovery by depreciating the dollar, they could not convince the world.
Currency Wars (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2010-10/26/content_11458737.htm)
October 28, 2010, 18:46
Wont matter - Ben's gonna double down even if it blows us up.
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