China to U.S.: We’re not impressedPosted: October 17, 2013 | |
America’s largest overseas creditor wasn’t exactly blown away by the deal Congress struck to avoid a potential default.
“[P]oliticians in Washington have done nothing substantial but postponing once again the final bankruptcy of global confidence in the U.S. financial system,” government-run Chinese news agency Xinhau Thursday.
Wednesday’s vote, the commentary said, “was no more than prolonging the fuse of the U.S. debt bomb one inch longer.”
It lowered its view of the U.S. debt rating from A to A- and kept it on negative credit outlook, which means further downgrades are possible.
“The government is still approaching the verge of default crisis, a situation that cannot be substantially alleviated in the foreseeable future,” the firm wrote in a note.
The firm’s ratings are not widely followed outside of China, which owned $1.3 trillion in Treasuries as of July. That’s almost a quarter of debt held overseas.
The criticism of the U.S. debt and political crisis by China has been building for some time.
And another commentary from Xinhau earlier this week said the “pernicious impasse” in Washington warrants a move to a “de-Americanized world.”