The Chinese government wants security for all the money it has in effect lent the U.S. by purchasing government debt, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S., so of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. Frankly speaking, I do have some worries,” Premier Wen Jiabao said.
The premier called on the U.S. to “maintain its credibility, honor its commitments and guarantee the security of Chinese assets.”
Short of registering a lien against the whole country, it’s unclear what kind of security the U.S. could give the People’s Republic.
We could just give them California.