9/15 AEP: China to Liquidate U.S. Treasuries, Not Dollars

By John Galt
September 15, 2011 – 18:30 ET

You may now put your seat in the panic position and order doubles from your flight attendant.

From the U.K. Telegraph, a quick excerpt from this evening’s entry by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard; please click on the headline to read the commentary in full.

China to ‘liquidate’ US Treasuries, not dollars

The debt markets have been warned.

A key rate setter-for China’s central bank let slip – or was it a slip? – that Beijing aims to run down its portfolio of US debt as soon as safely possible.

“The incremental parts of our of our foreign reserve holdings should be invested in physical assets,” said Li Daokui at the World Economic Forum in the very rainy city of Dalian – former Port Arthur from Russian colonial days.

“We would like to buy stakes in Boeing, Intel, and Apple, and maybe we should invest in these types of companies in a proactive way.”

“Once the US Treasury market stabilizes we can liquidate more of our holdings of Treasuries,” he said.

To my knowledge, this is the first time that a top adviser to China’s central bank has uttered the word “liquidate”. Until now the policy has been to diversify slowly by investing the fresh $200bn accumulated each quarter into other currencies and assets – chiefly AAA euro debt from Germany, France and the hard core.

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