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China Should Buy Gold to Hedge Dollar Fall: Researcher

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  • China Should Buy Gold to Hedge Dollar Fall: Researcher

    Good thing I like Chinese food. (:mad:)

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    China Should Buy Gold to Hedge Dollar Fall: Researcher
    By: Reuters | 25 Jun 2009 | 12:39 AM ET

    China should buy more gold because the U.S. dollar is poised for a fall and the metal is needed to support the greater international role envisaged for the yuan, a senior researcher with the ruling Communist Party said on Thursday.

    Li Lianzhong, who heads the economic department of the Party's policy research office, said China should use more of its $1.95 trillion in foreign exchange reserves to buy energy and natural resource assets.

    Speaking at a foreign exchange and gold forum, Li also said that buying land in the United States was a better option for China than buying U.S. Treasury securities.

    "Should we buy gold or U.S. Treasurys?" Li asked. "The U.S. is printing dollars on a massive scale, and in view of that trend, according to the laws of economics, there is no doubt that the dollar will fall. So gold should be a better choice."

    There is no suggestion that Li, even though he is a senior researcher, was enunciating an agreed party line.

    However, a debate is swirling in China about how the country can reduce its exposure to the dollar and to U.S. assets in case America's ultra-loose fiscal and monetary policy rekindles inflation and erodes the value of the dollar and U.S. Treasuries.

    To that end, China has said it will buy up to $50 billion worth of bonds denominated in Special Drawing Rights, the International Monetary Fund's unit of account, to be issued by the IMF.

    Chinese companies, at Beijing's bidding, are also snapping up energy and commodity supplies around the globe to fuel its fast-growing growing economy.

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