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"We recommend that China’s gold reserve should reach 6000 tons in 3 to 5 years, and probably reach as high as 10,000 tons in 8~10 years,” according to Ji Xiaonan on November 28 at the third Chinese Industry Stability Forum. He is the head of the supervisory committee at the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.
The European Central Bank (ECB) decision to downsize its annual gold sale in 2009 to 155 tonnes is expected to further boost yellow metal prices in 2010. The ECB has sold 400- 500 tonnes annually the last 10 years.
Of late, there is a tendency among central banks of many countries to hold a major portion of their reserves in gold. The emergence of new net buyers is expected to add strength to the bullish trend in the metal. China had acquired 450 tonnes, India 200 tonnes and Russia 120 tonnes from the International Monetary Fund this year.