NEW YORK | By Ana Fuentes | The U.S. shutdown drama has set off alarm bells in Asia. Beijing and Tokyo, which together hold more than $2.4 trillion in American Treasuries, are putting pressure on its creditor to end its political rough house. If Washington is unable to honor its debt obligations it would damage the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency and bring chaos to global markets. America’s status in Asia seems also to be losing steam -and boosting China’s influence-.
[NOTE: This illustration from Liu Rui appeared on Oct 10 at the official Chinese newspaper Global Times English edition]