David M. Dickson
The Washington Times
July 28, 2008

Four years ago, when the foreign-exchange reserves of China totaled about $450 billion and the value of China’s holdings of U.S. securities was about $300 billion, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers warned about the emergence of a global “balance of financial terror.”

Mr. Summers and others worry that U.S. consumption and investment levels are becoming dependent on “the discretionary acts” of other governments. Foreign governments and investors are accumulating huge pools of dollars by virtue of the massive trade deficits the United States has been running. What these governments decide to do with their rapidly growing dollar reserves could have a huge effect on the U.S. economy.

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