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China will continue to buy US Treasury bonds even though it knows the dollar will depreciate because such investments remain its â€œonly optionâ€ in a perilous world, a senior Chinese banking regulator said on Wednesday.
China has used the dollars it accumulates selling manufactured goods to US consumers to accumulate the worldâ€™s largest holding of Treasuries.
However, the increasing US budget deficit and its potential impact on the dollar have raised questions about the future Chinese appetite for US debt.
Luo Ping, a director-general at the China Banking Regulatory Commission, said after a speech in New York on Wednesday that China would continue to buy Treasuries in spite of its misgivings about US finances.
And here are the key statements…
â€œExcept for US Treasuries, what can you hold?â€ he asked. â€œGold? You donâ€™t hold Japanese government bonds or UK bonds. US Treasuries are the safe haven. For everyone, including China, it is the only option.â€
Mr Luo, whose English tends toward the colloquial, added: â€œWe hate you guys. Once you start issuing $1 trillion-$2 trillion [$1,000bn-$2,000bn]?.?.?.we know the dollar is going to depreciate, so we hate you guys but there is nothing much we can do.â€
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