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Chinese alternatives to US Govt/Agency debt

  • User 353732: 
    Why is it assumed that the Chinese have no alternative at all to US Govt/Agency debt?
    Even now they have 3 alternatives, that, cumulatilvely, are significant:
    1. They can buy commodities in the ground: as they are doing in Russia, Latin America, Central Asia, Africa and Australia via a variety of financial transactions, only one of which is outright control of local operating companies
    2. They can substantially expand the global footprint of major Chinese companies, all of whom are arms of the State