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Bitcoin Is Already Winning the US and China Trade War


Christina Comben | May 16, 2019 | 11:00

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Bitcoin Is Already Winning the US and China Trade War


Christina Comben | May 16, 2019 | 11:00


After five months of ceasefire, the US-China trade war is getting uglier by the day–and that’s good news for Bitcoin.

The Many Reasons Bitcoin Price Is Pumping

Ask any key industry player or analyst why Bitcoin price is rising and they’ll probably give you a different combination of answers.

Front-running, coordinated buying, big business moves, and even the role of Bitfinex and Tether are all perfectly plausible reasons. But perhaps there’s one greater driver here that’s luring investors to Bitcoin: the US-China Trade war.

The US-China Trade War Is Getting Uglier By the Day

Last week, president Trump raised tariffs to as high as 25 percent on $200 billion worth of annual Chinese imports. He also threatened to impose further hikes on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Moreover, on Wednesday, the Trump administration took dramatic action to add Huawei its exports blacklist and effectively ban the company from selling its technology in the U.S. market.

This move against the Chinese mobile giant is certain to provoke a catastrophic response from Beijing, and its effects will be felt around the world. It’s an act of aggression from the U.S. that will not only hurt the Chinese technology company but also impact global technology supply chains.

Paul Triolo, a technology policy expert at Eurasia Group risk consultancy quoted in FT, remarked:

The US has basically openly declared it is willing to engage in a full-fledged technology war with China

As stocks plummet amidst this dangerous game in which there can only be losers, all the action is giving Bitcoin a boost. More than one analyst has called Bitcoin a “safe harbor asset” like gold. Max Keiser commented on the billion-dollar Bitfinex fundraise:

Bitcoin attracts BIG safe haven money as China readies to lower the axe on USD.

While Anthony Pompliano, co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital tweeted out yesterday:

Bitcoin is the best safe haven currency in the world.

The Chinese Yuan in Free Fall

The Chinese Yuan hit a five-month low against the dollar yesterday, depreciating by more than 6.9 to the U.S. dollar–its weakest level since December.

While one might argue that a weaker currency makes exports cheaper, there’s also the very real concern that Bejing has over capital flight.

And in fact, if you look at the chart below provide by Zero Hedge, you’ll already see an “uncanny correlation,” between the Yuan and Bitcoin.

zerohedge yuan btc bitcoin

Perfect Geopolitical Storm for Bitcoin

A weak yuan, a high dollar, the certainty of Chinese retaliation, and growing supply pressures on crude oil pushing up its price, are all causing a perfect geopolitical storm for investors to seek safe harbor assets.

While Trump looks hell-bent on carrying on with his game of Russian Roulette with China, Bitcoin is proving to be a safer bet.

Will Bitcoin price keep climbing amid growing rift between US and China? Share your thoughts below!

Images via Shutterstock, zerohedge

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