Kina kjøper enorme mengder gull. Har Bejing mistet tilliten til amerikanske statsobligasjoner?
First it was more than the UK. Then more than Portugal. Then a month ago we said that as of September, «it is now safe to say that in 2012 alone China has imported more gold than the ECB’s entire official 502.1 tons of holdings.» Sure enough, according to the latest release from the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, through the end of August, China had imported a whopping gross 512 tons of gold, 10 tons more than the latest official ECB gold holdings. We can now safely say that as of today, China will have imported more gold than the 11th largest official holder of gold, India, with 558 tons.
Yet despite importing more gold than the sovereign holdings of virtually all official entities, save for ten, importing more gold in July than in any month in 2012 except for April, importing more gold in 8 months in 2012 than all of 2011, and importing four times as much between January and July than as much as in the same period last year, here is MarketWatch with its brilliant conclusion that the ‘plunge’ in gold imports in August can only be indicative of the end of the Chinese gold market, and the second coming of infinitely dilutable fiat.