Friday, 10 June 2011

{EOB}US close to bankruptcy: As predicted by syed zaid zaman hamid (brasstacks)


Beijing/Washington: Adviser to the People’s Bank of China Li Daokui has said that a default could undermine the US dollar.
United States’ Republican lawmakers are “playing with fire” by contemplating even a brief debt default as a means to force deeper government spending cuts, the adviser said on Wednesday.
The idea of a technical default essentially delaying interest payments for a few days has gained backing from a mounting number of mainstream Republicans who see it as a price worth paying if it forces the White House to cut spending, the global economy sour and already tense relations with big US creditors such as China, government officials and investors warn.
Li Daokui said that a default could undermine the US dollar, and Beijing needed to dissuade Washington from pursuing this course of action. “I think there is a risk that the US debt default may happen,” Li told reporters on the sidelines of a forum in Beijing. “The result will be very serious and I really hope that they would stop playing with fire.” China is the largest foreign creditor to the United States, holding more than $1 trillion in treasury debt as of March, US data shows, so its concerns carry considerable weight in Washington.
The US Congress has balked at increasing a statutory limit on government spending as lawmakers argue over how to control a deficit which is projected to reach $1.4 trillion this fiscal year. The US Treasury Department has said it will run out of borrowing room by August 2.
If Washington cannot make interest payments on its debt, the Obama administration has warned of “catastrophic” consequences that could push the still-fragile economy back into recession. “It has dire implications for the economy at a time when the macro data is softening,” said Ben Westmore, a commodities economist at National Australia Bank.
The Republicans theory is that bondholders would accept a brief delay in interest payments if it meant the US finally addressed its long-term fiscal problems, putting the country in a stronger position to meet its debt obligations later on.

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