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Old 06-01-2009, 02:32 PM  
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Geithner tells China its dollar assets are safe








By Glenn Somerville Glenn Somerville – Mon Jun 1, 11:41 am ET


BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Monday reassured the Chinese government that its huge holdings of dollar assets are safe and reaffirmed his faith in a strong U.S. currency.


A major goal of Geithner's maiden visit to China as Treasury chief is to allay concerns that Washington's bulging budget deficit and ultra-loose monetary policy will fan inflation, undermining both the dollar and U.S. bonds.


China is the biggest foreign owner of U.S. Treasury bonds. U.S. data shows that it held $768 billion in Treasuries as of March, but some analysts believe China's total U.S. dollar-denominated investments could be twice as high.


"Chinese assets are very safe," Geithner said in response to a question after a speech at Peking University, where he studied Chinese as a student in the 1980s.


His answer drew loud laughter from his student audience, reflecting skepticism in China about the wisdom of a developing country accumulating a vast stockpile of foreign reserves instead of spending the money to raise living standards at home.
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:34 PM   #2
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I hope we can see video of this...
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:36 PM   #3
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I hope we can see video of this...
Doubtful as the White House television network probably won't allow us to see the video. The laughter will be edited out.....
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:50 PM   #4
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:59 PM   #5
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Old 06-01-2009, 05:20 PM   #6
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Old 06-01-2009, 05:31 PM   #7
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:03 PM   #8
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:07 PM   #9
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:08 PM   #10
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Doubtful as the White House television network probably won't allow us to see the video. The laughter will be edited out.....
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:43 PM   #11
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To be fair I'm sure that he actually believes that the dollar will retain its strength.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:07 PM   #12
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These students were laughing because they remember the last time the US defaulted on its debts back in...

... what was the year again?
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:09 PM   #13
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2010.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:11 PM   #14
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2010.
In other words, "never."

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Old 06-01-2009, 08:17 PM   #15
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It's not about default its about paying them back with "worthless" dollars when they thought they were investing in a strong currency. We can just print up the money and pay them back whenever we like, there's nothing that says we can't do that.
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