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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

China must increase gold reserves for national economic security, official says During this historic time when China undergoes a once-in-a-decade leadership change, its currency -- the yuan -hit an all-time high versus the U.S. dollar, prompting gold guru Jim Sinclair to comment: "A currency can become a reserve currency by default." Here is the Xinhua news agency's report: "The spot price of the yuan against the U.S. dollar rose to 6.2262 on Tuesday, marking a record high since China's foreign exchange reforms seven years ago. "Tuesday was the second consecutive day that the spot price of the yuan against the U.S. dollar hit a record high since China launched its foreign exchange reforms in 2005. "Enterprises and banks have been selling off foreign currencies in anticipation of the yuan's appreciation, pushing up the price of the currency, said Ding Zhijie, an economics professor at the University of International Business and Economics." Meanwhile, Bloomberg has reported some bombshell gold-related comments made by a Chinese official: China needs to add to its gold reserves to ensure national economic and financial safety, promote yuan globalization and as a hedge against foreign-reserve risks, Gao Wei, an official from the Department of International Economic Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, writes in a commentary in the China Securities Journal today.

While gold prices are currently near record highs, China can build its reserves by buying low and selling high amid the short-term volatility, Gao writes in newspaper. China's gold reserve is "too small," Gao says. Zero Hedge commented: "And there it is: while many have speculated that China, which has not given an update of its official holdings in nearly 4 years, is quietly building up its gold reserve holdings behind the scenes, there was no reason to worry. The time to worry would be when China was starting to give indications it is prepared to tell the world what its true gold holdings are (by now certainly well over 1000 tonnes). And the above piece from Wei is just that: because in saying very little, the Chinese official with a key political post has just given the first hint that China is preparing to give its official gold far greater focus. And from there, the time until China releases an IMF update on its official reserve holdings will be measured in days if not hours. Because all the gold will have long been accumulated."

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