China Tells U.S. It Must ‘Cure Its Addiction to Debt’

China expressed the need for Washington to solve its long-term debt problem. This harshly worded commentary came just hours after the rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded America’s long-term debt. From New York Times:

Though Beijing has few options other than to continue to buy United States Treasury bonds, Chinese officials are clearly concerned that the country’s substantial holdings of American debt, worth at least $1.1 trillion, are being devalued.

“The U.S. government has to come to terms with the painful fact that the good old days when it could just borrow its way out of messes of its own making are finally gone,” read the commentary, which was published in Chinese newspapers.

Beijing, which did not release any other official statement on the downgrade, called on Washington to make substantial cuts to its “gigantic military expenditure” and its “bloated social welfare” programs.

China renews call for a new global reserve currency just a week after an advisor remarked that the yuan will not be a major reserve currency in the next decade. From Reuters:

It urged the United States to cut military and social welfare expenditure. Further credit downgrades would very likely undermine the world economic recovery and trigger new rounds of financial turmoil, it said.

“International supervision over the issue of U.S. dollars should be introduced and a new, stable and secured global reserve currency may also be an option to avert a catastrophe caused by any single country,” Xinhua said.

August 6, 2011 9:27 AM
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