Gold Flows West To East
China continues its massive gold buying spree by importing it through Hong Kong. Are China and Russia preparing to dump the dollar?
Gold Flows West To East
Gold is Moving West to East.
Last year as the price of gold declined for the first time in twelve years, we noted that physical demand for gold increased, especially from Asia and primarily China. Chinese housewives scooped up gold on the retail level and China on the national level added thousands of tons of gold to its reserves.
Russia is also increasing its gold reserves. China and Russia have been exchanging their U.S. dollar reserves for gold. Last year we speculated that this dynamic would create a shortage in gold leading to much higher prices. Russia and China now rank in the top ten countries by gold reserves.
While the U.S. is engaged in a diplomatic spat with Russia over their annexation of Crimea, relations with China, a major exporter of goods to the United States, appear to be stable. China, however, continues to stockpile gold while not adding U.S. Treasuries to their reserves.
Last October we noted that China was anxious to remove its reliance on the U.S. dollar:
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China, the United States’ largest creditor, wrote in its state run news agency on October 13, 2013 about the United States “such alarming days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated“. China has been diversifying its reserve assets out of U.S. Treasuries for the past few years. For more on the United States Dollar and its status as the world’s reserve currency and challenges to its hegemony click here.
In a recent interview on USA Watchdog, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts noted his belief that Russia and China are stockpiling gold as hedge against their reliance on the dollar.
With Russia now in what appears to be a currency war with the U.S., they may find a willing partner in China to create an alternative international financial system that does not rely upon or use the dollar. Irrespective of either country’s intentions, their physical gold buying sprees continue unabated.
Here is a chart that illustrates how China has been increasing its gold reserves by importing it through Hong Kong.
China has massively increased its gold imports
Chart courtesy of Nick Laird