"Gold demand is outpacing supply while production is declining. Both the Chinese and Indian governments are purchasing gold in unprecedented quantities and encouraging their increasingly well-off citizens to accumulate bullion. Gold demand has also surged from central banks, which have been net buyers since 2009. All of these realities will help keep the value of this precious metal high into the foreseeable future."
"The Chinese currency the Yuan is still pegged to the U.S. Dollar at a level that undervalues it substantially, provoking criticism of this exchange rate policy. The world still believes that China cannot survive and prosper without the West to fund its development, and so most analysts are focused on a hard landing for China.
Nevertheless, what is really happening is that new currency swaps are forming the backdrop of Chinese metals accumulation and production. In essence, China is gradually amassing the lion’s share of global wealth in the form of hard assets.
An amusing quote posted by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.com sums this situation up rather well:"While the insolvent "developed world" is furiously fighting over who gets to pay the bill for 30 years of unsustainable debt accumulation and how to pretend that the modern 'crony capitalist for some and communist for others' system isn't one flap of a butterfly's wings away from full on collapse mode, China is slowly taking over the world's real assets".