November 21, 2005

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In The Economist's article on the new face of globalisation (sub req'd) there's one hell of interesting chart (if you think charts can be called interesting, you're an economist):


Simply eyeballing the chart leads to what should be an obvious conclusion - China's share of America's growing trade deficit has been, at the very best, a constant proportion of about 25% of the deficit. In quantum terms, China is about $200 billion of the $800 billion deficit, whereas 5 years ago it was around $100 billion of a $400 billion deficit. Where's the rest coming from?

Seen the price of oil lately?

But it's not so easy to bash the Saudis (with a currency linked to the US dollar), the Russians, the Norwegians and the rest of OPEC.

posted by Simon on 11.21.05 at 04:15 PM in the China economy category.


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Great chart Simon. Very enlightening.

By the way, do you think it was your mention of 'Saudis' that caused google ads to put in a link for anti-terrorism training?

posted by: HK Dave on 11.21.05 at 11:22 PM [permalink]

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