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    Bush: China Dollar Attack Would Be "Foolhardy"

    Bush: China dollar attack would be 'foolhardy'


    WASHINGTON (AFP) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday said China would be "foolhardy" to attempt to push down the dollar in retaliation for US pressure over Beijing's alleged currency manipulation.

    Bush said he had not seen the report that Beijing was hinting at such a move, in Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, but warned against any attempt by China to hit back at Washington using vast foreign currency reserves.

    "That would be foolhardy of them to do that," Bush said in an interview with Fox News, adding he doubted the report was based on sources from the office of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

    "If that's the ... position of the government, it would be foolhardy for them to do this."

    A researcher at a top government think tank said Thursday China will not sell off its US dollar assets as long as there is no major disagreement with the United States.

    Zhang Ming, an economist with the top Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, made the remark after Bush's comments.

    "As long as there are no big upheavals in the American economy and there is no serious dispute between China and the United States, the Chinese government will not sell off US dollar assets in any major amounts," Zhang told AFP.

    He said that China would stand to lose, too, if the dollar plunged as a result because an estimated two thirds of its 1.3-trillion-dollar foreign exchange reserves are tied up in US-dollar assets, mostly Treasury bonds.

    "Neither China nor the United States would rashly touch the yuan exchange rate," Zhang said.

    US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson meanwhile said on CNBC that suggestions that China was considering selling off dollar denominated assets to hammer the already weakened US dollar were "absurd."

    "We have tensions and we have to deal with tensions on both sides ... but overall, both of our countries are committed to a constructive economic relationships," said Paulson, who returned from talks with top leaders in China last week.

    China said on Friday it would not be pressured into currency reform as Washington and the US Congress renewed calls for it to speed up changes to make the yuan more market-oriented.

    The Telegraph reported that two officials at leading Communist Party bodies had given interviews in recent days warning that Beijing might use more than a trillion dollars in foreign reserves as a political weapon in the event of US sanctions designed to punish Beijing for yuan manipulation.

    Described as China's "nuclear option" in the state media, such a move could trigger a crash of the already-falling greenback and a spike in the US bond yields, which could then dampen the beleaguered housing market and put the world's richest economy into a recession.

    When asked whether such an option would hurt China more than the United States, Bush said, "Absolutely. I think so."

    China reportedly holds some 900 billion dollars in a mix of US bonds.

    Bush said the United States and China could resolve their differences "in a cordial way" as opposed to the reported option by Beijing of liquidating its vast holdings of US dollars or through legislation by the US Congress imposing sanctions on China.

    He cited a high level "strategic economic dialogue" chaired by Paulson and Chinese Vice-Premier Wu Yi as an effective channel to discuss differences between the two powers.

    Bush said the two powers had "a very complex trading relationship" and that it was "very important" for the US economy to have access to the vast Chinese market.

    Critics of China in the United States say the yuan currency is undervalued by as much as 40 percent, making Chinese exports cheaper.

    Some blame the low currency value for the loss of US manufacturing jobs and a US trade deficit with China that hit 232.5 billion dollars last year, according to Washington's figures.

    Bush said Chinese goods had been beneficial for US consumers as they had helped hold down inflation, particularly in the face of rising energy prices.
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    beltman713 Guest
    Dumb ass Bush.

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    werther Guest
    Dumb ass Bush.
    You simply always post such quotable quips.

    I can see where Bush is coming from on this. A tumbling of the dollar would cause great harm to China's economy as well as ours. (though ours would me most assuredly worse off)

    A rational and enlightened being would work at paying our national debt off. Unfortunately Bush is neither of these

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    AuGmENTor Guest
    But you see how we are trying to sabbotage them? This is poisoned, that is poisoned, and so on. I don't think a week has gone by in the last couple months that I haven't hear about toothpaste or lead based paint on kids toys coming out of china... You mean to tell me that this happened all at ONCE? We just let it fly before....

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    werther Guest
    oh no I definitely agree with you.

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