- The Dollar “Has Us By The Throat”: Chinese Official Urges Gradual Decoupling Of Yuan Ahead Of “Full-Blown Escalation”
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
With all eyes on Trump’s Tuesday evening Rose Garden speech which unveiled that he’ll sign new and punitive measures indirectly targeting China — namely the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, a bipartisan measure to penalize banks that work with Chinese officials found to be interfering in Hong Kong affairs — it remains that arguably the most important recent statements out of China came not from current government officials, but from Zhou Li, the 65-year-old former deputy head of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department. He’s considered an important voice who echoes the outside the box thinking and general “talk” of the communist party’s diplomatic establishment.
Amid the soaring US-China tension which could give way to a military stand-off in the South China Sea, given the presence and military exercises of two US supercarriers there, Zhou Li earlier this month issued what many see as the more radical ‘extreme thinking’ out of the communist party: an eventual decoupling of the Chinese yuan from the US dollar.
This would be a “full-blown escalation” with no off ramp scenario. But given the tit-for-tat with Washington is likely to lead precisely to further extreme responses on both sides, Zhou’s position could in the end be the final weapon Beijing ultimately and no doubt reluctantly pulls out of its arsenal. Now is the time for Beijing to begin insulating itself from “dollar hegemony and gradually achieve the decoupling of the renminbi from the US currency,” Zhou argued. “The US dollar could become a major risk issue that ‘has us by the throat’.”