“I am absolutely concerned,” Donegan said.
The day the masses were fearing would never appear seems have just materialized by the reality of the giant tiger on the other side of the world beginning to awaken. Since 1994 China has pegged its currency to the US dollar in attempts to siphon manufacturing and industrial bases from the United States, where in 2005 it switched to a tightly banded currency regime, but for all intents and purposes, still a currency peg.
Now that China has bought all the US treasuries it can buy without feeling more nervous of not seeing any return on default, they have essentially cancelled their willingness to continue funding the rising United States national debt through the purchase of treasury bonds. The planned deal, according to mainstream economists, was that the economic alignment would be fixed so that China would be the producer of goods for the US, and the US would purchase these goods with investments sold to the Chinese in the form of treasury bills.
This may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but as soon as the US started piling up more debt, and as soon as the mortgage lending and economic crisis took hold, it became less and less palatable for our pending Asian overlords to continue purchasing increasingly worthless US dollars.
US admiral concerned about China military buildup
By JEREMIAH MARQUEZ (AP) – 1 day ago
HONG KONG — A U.S. Navy admiral expressed new concern Friday over China’s military buildup and urged Beijing to be clearer about its intentions.
With China’s military growing at an “unprecedented rate,” the U.S. wants to ensure that expansion doesn’t destabilize the region, Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan told reporters on a visit to the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.
“When we see a military growing at that rate, we’re interested in transparency and the understanding of the uses of that military,” said Donegan, commander of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier strike group, a key part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Donegan’s comments come as a top Chinese general visits the United States on a mission to strengthen trust between the two militaries and dispel U.S. concerns about the growth of the People’s Liberation Army.
Xu Caihou, the PLA’s second-highest ranking officer, told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that ties between the two countries’ militaries play “an important role in enhancing strategic mutual trust and deepening their pragmatic cooperation,” according to Chinese media reports.
China has boosted military spending by more than 10 percent annually for almost two decades, and the official figure of $71 billion this year is thought by many analysts to represent only a portion of total defense spending. It still amounts to only a fraction of U.S. defense spending.
“I am absolutely concerned,” Donegan said. He went on to say, “When a navy is doing that, we just want to make sure it’s transparent enough so those in the region understand what they’re doing.”
At the same time, Donegan described positive exchanges between the two militaries that he said he hoped would continue, including a visit by five Chinese army generals aboard the George Washington during its call in Hong Kong this week.
Ties between the two militaries have been repeatedly roiled by China’s objections to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, claimed by Beijing as its own territory, as well as Chinese efforts to disrupt Navy surveillance missions off its shores.
A series of confrontations involving vessels from the two navies has raised concerns over China’s rising determination to defend what it sees as its territorial interests in the South China Sea, where the U.S. has long operated as the major international power.