From T-shirts to T-bonds – Economist
GLOBAL tremors in the currency, bond and commodity markets greeted China’s announcement that the yuan will no longer be pegged to the dollar. No longer is it just Washington that has the power to cause shockwaves. For many people, the tremors reflected the view that China is the root cause of America’s trade deficit, and that the revaluation is a partial cure.
In fact, that view is wrong on several counts. China is not the main cause of the American trade deficit. On the other hand, China is behind almost everything else going on in the world economy. For China is beginning to drive, in a new and pervasive way, economic trends that many countries assume to be domestically determined.