Chinese Leverage to Kill Petro-dollar

by Jim Willie, Goldseek

 

The Chinese Govt is greatly irritated by the requirement to use USDollars in payment for crude oil in the global market. The Beijing officials finally have some leverage in arranging for a major deal to pay for crude oil in RMB currency, their Yuan. The negotiations have been in progress for a couple months. The development is not covered well in the financial press, not even in the alternative media. It will happen, just a matter of time. Its effect will be far reaching and likely devastating.

 

The global currency reserve status for the USDollar is at severe heightened risk. It will not be deposed via financial markets, like with a bond market failure or a COMEX gold market default with bust. Such is folly to imagine as likely to occur. The Western bankers are expert at rigging the financial markets, one and all. Their central bank bond support has extended to stock market support, soon to corporate bond wide support also. The USGovt is hanging onto its power base in increased isolation. The assaults are on many flanks and platforms.

 

ESSENCE OF PETRO-DOLLAR

Its essence is the sale of crude oil universally in USDollar terms. Typically the payment form is the USTreasury Bill. The OPEC crew typically sock their surplus petro dollars in USTreasury Bonds. The sale proceeds never exit the USD form. The deal was struck in 1973 by the Rockefeller agent named Heinz Kissinger. It came in the wake of the abrogated Bretton Woods Gold Standard, which Nixon violated with force and audacity. In fact, the arrangement was suggested by the US side of the table. Nevermind that it was Rockefeller who hatched the idea of a tripled oil price, the exact opposite of what has been inscribed in the historical annals. The other little item in the Petro-Dollar defacto standard treaty is that the Saudis, along with the Gulf Arab neighbors, would buy USMilitary hardware exclusively. The USGovt would provide them with plenty of regional conflict. Over the four decades since, the Arabs have accumulated a few cool $trillion in USTBonds. The TIC Report on foreign bond assets is a gigantic fabrication. Most Saudi bond holdings have been hijacked and stolen, used as the core to the USDept Treasury’s vaunted Exchange Stabilization Fund. They will never see at least $3 trillion in sequestered bonds. A joke here, since the ESFund is the most secretive multi-$trillion fund in human history.

 

WEAK LINK IN GLOBAL CURRENCY RESERVE

The global currency reserve consists of the trade payments done in USD terms, together with the banking systems holding USTBonds as core assets. The West controls the financial markets, but the East increasingly controls the global manufacturing capacity. The USEconomy is heavily dependent upon imported goods within its massive supply chain. To some extent the producers in Asia, the Pacific Rim, and the Emerging Markets can dictate terms on trade payment.

 

SAUDI VULNERABILITY

The Saudis are the subject of occasional debate for a failed kingdom, a collapsed monarchy, a bankrupted nation, with finances bleeding red ink like never before in its brief history. Infighting has occurred to wrest the title of crown prince for Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), certain to have caused internal resentment and worse. The kingdom is depleting it financial reserves faster than it is the oil reserves. Deficits are at astounding levels. The lower crude oil price has resulted in half as much in revenues, while the filthy Yemen War has aggravated the costs within the financial ledger. The Saudis have issued bonds to finance their deficits, breaking new ground and angering some hardline Moslems. Their currency swaps are occasionally showing danger signals. The incidents with Qatar have left the Saudis with few if any friends, even in the Arab world. The arms deal charade with President Trump was one for the comic books. Even Langley is angry, as MbS screwed up their plans to stabilize the kingdom and region, with the goal of less terrorism. The other violent clown, Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ) is the crown prince of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Both might soon become expendable.

 

LIAR LIAR OILFIELDS ON FIRE

The big fat liars in the oil room are the Saudis. They have lied about their spare production capacity since the year 2000 or so. Such lies are used in attempts to move and to control the oil price. They have lied about their oil reserves for years also. That they have depleted oil reserves is the perfectly fitting motive for their predatory war in Yemen. They wish to steal the Yemeni oil & gas reserves, which are enormous and plentiful, even as not ever mentioned in the dutiful lapdog Western press. After 50 years of oil production, the Ghawar field is pumping over 98% water and brine. Other elephant fields are equally tapped out. The Saudis do have several smaller fields in production, but they do not compensate for the vacated elephants. Not at all. The Saudis are liars on oil reserves.

 

ENTER THE ARAMCO DEAL

The Saudis wish to conduct an IPO stock deal on 10% of the ARAMCO assets and income. They laughingly estimate the total petro-chemical corporation to be worth US$2 trillion. In response, the Western energy analysts hopped on the wagon to provide financial analysis of value. Well, surprise surprise! The analysts estimate the ARAMCO giant to be worth $500 billion or less, at least four times less than the bloated exaggerated value posted by the Saudi liar princes. The IPO deal is stalled, possibly since underwriting brokerage houses might not wish to be the object of lawsuits in the near future. Meanwhile, the Saudis are sweating badly, very worried about not having their $200 billion payday. They will be lucky to have $50 billion in the tainted IPO deal. Below is just one site of the sprawling state owned complex.