The Dollar and the Dragon

A "balance of financial terror" has settled over US-China economic relations. China could bring the US to its knees by selling off its massive holdings of dollar-denominated reserves, but it would bring itself to its ankles in the process.

CAMBRIDGE – For several years, American officials have pressed China to revalue its currency. They complain that the undervalued renminbi represents unfair competition, destroying American jobs, and contributing to the United States’ trade deficit. How, then, should US officials respond?