Sunday , 16 June 2024

China Converting U.S. Dollar Debt Holdings Into Gold At Accelerating Rate (+14K Views)

China, Russia and other nations are exiting their dollar-denominated holdings inMultiple-forms-of-gold-bullion favor of gold. This action should put pressure on the dollar and U.S. treasuries, pushing not only central banks, but mainstream investors towards the safety of precious metals and other tangible assets that cannot be defaulted on. There will be a rush out of dollars and into assets with no counter-party risk, it is just a matter of how soon it happens.

So says Jason Hamlin ( in edited excerpts from his original article* entitled China Hints at Dumping U.S. Debt, Saying De-Americanized World is Needed.

[The following article is presented by  Lorimer Wilson, editor of and the FREE Market Intelligence Report newsletter (sample here) and may have been edited ([ ]), abridged (…) and/or reformatted (some sub-titles and bold/italics emphases) for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.]

Hamlin goes on to say in further (and perhaps paraphrased in some places) excerpts:

China’s official news agency has published an op-ed commentary [see details at end of article] calling for the ‘de-Americanizing’ of the world economy. They specifically mentioned the threat to nations with large amounts of dollar holdings, suggesting that one nation should not have the ability to impact the rest of the world economy so powerfully. In other words, one nation should not be able to print the world reserve currency or issue so much outstanding debt.

China holds roughly $1.3 Trillion in U.S. treasury bonds, so if they decide to follow their words with action, we may see an accelerated selling of U.S. debt and dollars in the East. I don’t foresee an outright dumping of debt as many are anticipating, but I would not be surprised to see China’s treasury holdings cut in half within the next year or two.


The Chinese move from U.S. dollars to gold has been very aggressive, yet under-reported by the mainstream media. At the current pace, Hong Kong will send, just to Mainland China, an amount of gold roughly equivalent to 50% of the rest of the world’s mined supply. Gold imports from Hong Kong to mainland China are set to double the imports from 2012.

Not only are exports from Hong Kong to mainland China skyrocketing, but Hong Kong itself will likely import over 2,000 tonnes for the year. Considering that global mined supply (excluding China) is only 2,400 tonnes, this leaves the rest of the world scrapping for the remaining 400 tonnes.

Editor’s Note: The following chart shows that through August, China has imported 994 tons of gold through Hong Kong, versus 511 tons in the year-ago period – and that doesn’t include the production of China’s domestic gold mines (300 or so tons, all of which stays within the country) and whatever else finds its way in through other ports. Assume monthly imports for the rest of the year average 100 tons, add in domestic gold production, and China will have accumulated at least 1,700 tons of gold in one year.

China gold imports


One then has to ask where all of the gold is coming from that enters Hong Kong. It is coming from Western nations at a staggering pace. In fact, some have estimated that the United States is exporting more than they produce, quietly selling gold reserves in order to keep a cap on the price. Inventories are down sharply on the COMEX, as can be seen in the chart below.


Whatever the exact truth may be, it is evident that China, Russia and other nations are exiting their dollar-denominated holdings in favor of gold. They have also been busy buying up energy resources around the globe and expanding their own reserves. This slow transition out of dollars and into real assets makes sense and allows them to get a good price for the debt they are selling.

This action should put pressure on the dollar and U.S. treasuries, pushing not only central banks, but mainstream investors towards the safety of precious metals and other tangible assets that cannot be defaulted on. There will be a rush out of dollars and into assets with no counter-party risk, it is just a matter of how soon it happens.

The move out of U.S. dollars and debt is well underway, with a series of bilateral trade agreements being established in local currencies and the FED needing to step in and buy an increasing amount of government debt to stabilize the economy and avoid a default but the true panic has yet to set in, as many continue to have full faith in the ability of the U.S. government to service its debt.

Greenspan famously said that the FED can guarantee cash benefits as far out as needed, but they can not guarantee their purchasing power. The same can be said of the U.S. servicing its debt, so long as the FED continues to assist. So while a standard default may not occur anytime soon, the slow eroding of the dollar’s purchasing power amounts to a default nonetheless. It is simply occurring at a pace slow enough to keep investors and the masses placated or unaware. There are a number of factors that could cause this pace to quicken:

  • the words and actions of China or
  • a failure of politicians to raise the debt ceiling in time to avoid a default.


Whatever the spark that ignites the fuse, I believe it is wise to have some insurance against the possibility of a panic out of dollars. Gold and silver are the best insurance for this type of event and they happen to be on fire sale right now with some of the lowest dealer premiums seen in years.  

From Xinhua: U.S. fiscal failure warrants a de-Americanized world

As U.S. politicians of both political parties are still shuffling back and forth between the White House and the Capitol Hill without striking a viable deal to bring normality to the body politic they brag about, it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world…

Most recently, the cyclical stagnation in Washington for a viable bipartisan solution over a federal budget and an approval for raising debt ceiling has again left many nations’ tremendous dollar assets in jeopardy and the international community highly agonized.

Such alarming days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated, and a new world order should be put in place, according to which all nations, big or small, poor or rich, can have their key interests respected and protected on an equal footing. To that end, several corner stones should be laid to underpin a de-Americanized world.

  • All nations need to hew to the basic principles of the international law, including respect for sovereignty, and keeping hands off domestic affairs of others.
  • The authority of the United Nations in handling global hotspot issues has to be recognized. That means no one has the right to wage any form of military action against others without a UN mandate.
  • The world’s financial system also has to embrace some substantial reforms.
    • The developing and emerging market economies need to have more say in major international financial institutions including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, so that they could better reflect the transformations of the global economic and political landscape.
    • What may also be included as a key part of an effective reform is the introduction of a new international reserve currency that is to be created to replace the dominant U.S. dollar, so that the international community could permanently stay away from the spillover of the intensifying domestic political turmoil in the United States.

Of course, the purpose of promoting these changes is not to completely toss the United States aside, which is also impossible. Rather, it is to encourage Washington to play a much more constructive role in addressing global affairs.

And among all options, it is suggested that the beltway politicians first begin with ending the pernicious impasse.

[Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.]

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One comment

  1. Is this return of dollars to America and a flight of gold to China a mistake or a silly accident ? It could be neither.
    There is always the possibility that a large scale market oriented payment system is in development, possibly one that distributes gold accounted for by its weight. In order to bridge the use of weighted payment for things priced in fiat currency, the bridge of “USD/oz” has to be used. The US (the FED) has the intellectual property rights on the use of that “debt-to-asset bridge” as we move toward the circulation of debt free bullion as a real-time (floating) currency.

    You cannot pour new wine into old wineskins