A brief glance through http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Documents/mfh.txt
shows that while US added 600 billion of debt during the past one year, the Chinese actually reduced their exposure by 50 billion Dollars.
so who has been financing the debt for the US for the past one year- It is Japan- eager to keep its currency down and United Kingdom which has pumped in an extra 300 billion of T Bills.
See the whole table at official link above or at goo.gl/qMugp
China still remembers the Opium Wars in which the then ruling Anglo Saxon superpower used naval superiority to enforce trade and eventual political dependency. Is China unsure of the United States brotherly nice intentions? They certainly seem to be putting their money that way.
Britain forced the Chinese government into signing theTreaty of Nanking and the Treaty of Tianjin, also known as the Unequal Treaties, which included provisions for the opening of additional ports to unrestricted foreign trade, for fixed tariffs; for the recognition of both countries as equal in correspondence; and for the cession of Hong Kong to Britain. The British also gained extraterritorial rights. Several countries followed Britain and sought similar agreements with China. Many Chinese found these agreements humiliating and these sentiments contributed to the Taiping Rebellion (1850–1864), the Boxer Rebellion (1899–1901), and the downfall of the Qing Dynasty in 1912, putting an end to dynastic China.
The Koreans can always be depended on provide the first shot in any conflict- and though Anglo-US-Chinese conflict would be expensive- I guess as long as the cost of outstanding debt with China is less than cost of a brief -techno-war , we would see interesting games in this neighborhood. Note China restricts major trade with United States particularly in software, internet services (like Web Advertising, Facebook, Twitter ) and represents a lucrative market for big pharma (especially in psychiatric drugs) and big tech once it reforms its intellectual property rights. Software would be the opium of the 21st Century- if Chinese resist the Treasury Bills as their poppy flowers. The widespread Western media coverage of school kids murders by pyschopaths is also a trade tactic to encourage flow of more US made medicine in the Chinese market.
It would also help create an economic revival in the United States to exaggerate the Chinese threat (remember Sputnik) and build up its own cyber spending. Any military or cyber humiliation for the ruling party in China can help create a political vacuum for more malleable and agreeable alternatives to emerge.
(to be continued)
- Lesson Plan of The Day – China – The Boxer Rebellion – One (socyberty.com)
- Lesson Plan of The Day – China in The 21st Century – China-us Economic Intercourse (American Perspective) (socyberty.com)
- A China trip preview with an opium war cameo (salon.com)
- The Opium Wars still define relations between the UK and China. Pity the hapless Mr Cameron (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- David Cameron in China: ministers refuse calls to remove poppies (telegraph.co.uk)
- PM’s Poppy Causes Diplomatic Row In China (news.sky.com)
- China, Please Stop Lending U.s. Money (socyberty.com)
- Opium Wars Revisited: Will China Corner The Gold Market? (blogs.forbes.com)
- Cameron rejects China request to remove ‘offensive’ poppies (dailymail.co.uk)