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Here's How China's Economic 'Nuclear Option' Would Impact US

Posted on AllSides May 9th, 2024
From The Center
Economy and Jobs, China, United States, Economic Policy

China's insatiable appetite for gold, copper, and other commodities has led to a debate over whether Beijing is gathering resources to hedge against the consequences of devaluing its currency.

If Beijing invoked the "nuclear option" and intentionally weakened the yuan (RMB), this would likely draw a fiery response from Washington, but it could also take some pressure off American consumers and impact the 2024 elections.

Weakening a currency relative to others has benefits, such as boosting exports by making them cheaper. This may be tempting to China's leadership amid a manufacturing...

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