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Obama Tells China Leader Wen To Strengthen Yuan

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posted on Nov, 19 2011 @ 11:33 PM
Obama Tells China Leader Wen To Strengthen Yuan

Obama grows a pair and tells China's Wen to stop the currency manipulation of the Yen.

President Barack Obama told Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to strengthen the Chinese yuan during the East Asia Summit in Indonesia this weekend, China Daily reported. The two met during an impromptu meeting Saturday morning at the request of Wen.

Obama’s national security adviser Tom Donilon told reporters on the sidelines of the conference that Obama stressed the importance of China adjusting its currency value, something the U.S. senate is also pushing.

Something that is long overdue. China has been accused of currency manipulation for some time now that makes trade practices with them extremely unfair. For a good overview of the mechanics of China's currency manipulation and how it hurts our trade deficit: China Manipulates Its Currency—A Response is Needed

The usual response is "Enact Tariffs", but that won't fix this problem - China must be made to allow it's currency to adjust freely on the world markets. How? The Senate recently passed the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act - and China responded to this aggressive stance by allowing it's currency to adjust upward. China responds when we get serious. There are other means as well to force China to comply with WTO practices;

Think Different about Chinese Currency Manipulation

The Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act, informally known as the Currency Bill, received a great deal of attention in the media a few weeks back. Passed by the Senate, the bill was a solid piece of legislation aimed squarely at the most destructive of China's many abusive trade policies. However, despite considerable support, the House isn't taking it up and there is no reason to expect President Obama to sign it or for his administration enforce it.

This is because, much of our government, including this White House, has been co-opted by the multinational corporations that profit from China's trade abuses and exploitation of its labor and environment. This cozy system drives up returns on U.S. capital invested in China, making the rich richer, while it undermines the value of American labor, making the poor poorer. No amount of U.S. government largesse can overcome this structural problem.

This is a really well written article that sums up the trouble we've had with China succinctly.

What is needed to fix our economic problem at home is a show of American resolve on trade. China's pushing its Yuan up dramatically the day before the Senate vote clearly demonstrated what every Chinese dissident will tell you: the Boys from Beijing respect power and action, not supplication.

That hasn't stopped China's apologists in America from rushing to the barricades in defense of the abomination they call "free trade," a one-sided wealth transfer mechanism that has transformed America's manufacturing heartland into a wasteland and Shanghai into a towering dreamscape. Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee trotted out the usual scare tactics and howled that the bill's sanctions would launch a "trade war." Well, Senator, 25 years of escalating trade deficits looks an awful lot like a trade war from Cleveland or Detroit.

The author describes one way the US can assure China's compliance;

However, for those who can't stomach a tariff or a sanction under any guise, we need an outside the box proposal. presidential candidate Buddy Roemer and I (Autry) offer an elegantly simple suggestion: disable China's currency manipulation mechanism now, and simultaneously defuse its growing threat to our national sovereignty.

Buddy Roemer is a GOP presidential candidate, not that you would know it, and he, like Sanders, Paul, and Tom Coburn (who has already shown a willingness to break with his fellow GOP members and stand up for fairness), these are the few that have any common sense in D.C. The link above lays out a sensible way to get the out-of-control trade imbalance back under control. Worthwhile reading!

An aggressive stance against China is precisely what has been needed for a LONG time. Against it's currency manipulation, against it's trademark and patent infringements, and against it's proclaimed South China Sea exclusion zone. That is another bone of contention between the US and China that the US appears to be striking an aggressive stance on;
China Counters U.S. Concerns on Sea Trade as Wen Meets Obama
China 'constructive' on South China Sea rows, says US

If you have any doubt about China's intentions towards it's neighbors in this disputed region, I suggest you look at this ATS post;
Is China creating a mock version of Taiwan Airport to train for Invasion of Taiwan?

This surely has been the motivating factor in the buildup of US forces in Australia. But as we see with China's response to the Currency Act, and Obama's aggressive stance on the Yen - they seem to respect a show of force.

posted on Nov, 19 2011 @ 11:48 PM
Obama actually did something for once? He probably just did it for the election.
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posted on Nov, 19 2011 @ 11:49 PM
Please, the US has rendered the dollar almost useless. Obama needs to worry about THIS country. Dont we have a debt deal due not 4 days away?

posted on Nov, 19 2011 @ 11:59 PM
Probably doing it to incite communism here at home.

posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 12:19 AM
Obama - "strengthen the yuan"
China - "pay us your debts and we can"

posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 12:54 AM
At first glance it would appear Obama is acting like a President-but it is too late in the game. All he is doing is trying to piss off every world leader he can. I voted for him and I cannot see me voting ever again, except for Ron Paul. I do not see TPTB allowing RP to go the distance though. I honestly believe Obama will be re-elected because his tongue is becoming sharper and his actions bolder-he would appear to be the one chosen to engage WW3 and usher in the NWO. That is my take on it. OWS will lead to Martial Law-countries unite and create world currency(easing the debts)-Obama/Blair introduce the One to lead one-world government-Middle East completely taken over-WW3 takes place but is over with quick--all this will happen almost overnight, or so it would seem once it is all done. Or maybe I am just crazy and spend to much time on ATS. Maybe OWS brings change, the next Prez sets us free, Israel and Iran kiss and make up, and all reality shows are cancelled. A perfect world.

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posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 01:25 AM
reply to post by WakeUpRiseUp

Take a look at the article I had linked in the OP;

To keep its currency trading within a specified range, China runs a "sterilization process." This involves vacuuming a vast amount of our Wal-Mart dollars out of their ever-growing trade surplus. The Chinese must ensure that these dollars are not eventually sold on the foreign exchange markets because that would drive down the relative price of the U.S. currency, making American goods more competitive in Chinese and global markets -- the one thing our so-called "trading partner" never wants to happen. So, China buys U.S. Treasuries as the surest way to make these greenbacks "go away," and as has become the largest holder of U.S. treasury securities, to the tune of $1.1 trillion or nearly 25 percent of total foreign holdings. By comparison, the second largest holder is Japan, at $936 billion, followed by the United Kingdom at $397 billion.

Beijing's funding America's debt keeps stimulus addicts like our President quietly inside China's pocket and also supplies China with a financial "nuclear option" against America. A recent People's Daily article titled "China must punish U.S. for Taiwan arm sales with 'financial weapon'" urges Beijing to establish a "direct link between the U.S. Treasury bond purchase and U.S. domestic politics." Let's be clear, People's Daily editorials do not reflect individual opinions, but are actually subtle announcements of new Communist Party doctrine. Do any of us, even "free trade" loving Senators, wish to live in an America where the Chinese Communist Party dictates our politics?

Roemers and Autry's plan specifically deals with China's buying US treasuries (i.e., our debt) as part of the currency manipulation.

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