U.S. is currency war’s “tomb maker”: China economist

Thursday, October 14, 2010
By Paul Martin

Reuters.com
Thu Oct 14, 2010

The United States fired the first shot in the currency war and the rest of the world must be on guard for its deliberate strategy to devalue the dollar, a Chinese economist said in an official newspaper on Thursday.

In a front-page commentary in the overseas edition of the People’s Daily, Li Xiangyang described the United States as the conflict’s “first maker of tomb figures,” a Chinese idiom that means someone who creates a bad precedent.

Li, head of the Asia department at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a top government think tank, said continued intervention in currency markets by developed economies would deal a blow to global economic recovery.

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