We've been closely following the cozy relationship between China and Russia for years.
An important part of that relationship is the two countries' mutual goal to compete with -- and beat out -- Western powers.
One way to do that is by creating an entirely different gold market...
"China and Russia have had enough of Western central bankers' clandestine gold price manipulation to prop up the U.S. dollar," we said in 2015. "Creation of a new gold market is just one way China and Russia aim to take down the U.S. dollar."
Now, notorious economist Peter Schiff has brought up the same idea in an April 13 blog post:
"Russia and China have gotten much cozier over the last several months, and the two countries are reportedly working to develop a joint organization of trade in gold," wrote Schiff. If successful, this could have a significant impact on both the dollar and the price of gold for investors...
In fact, the Chinese have been laying the foundation for this friendship for quite some time.
It Started with the Silk Road Gold Fund
In late 2015, the Chinese central bank announced its gold holdings had grown by 60% -- to about 1,658 metric tons.
And since then, China has aggressively added to its gold reserves.
In fact, later that year, China announced its largest gold investment fund of the time - one that would dramatically alter China's influence on gold. It was dubbed by experts as the "Silk Road Gold Fund."
"In addition to buying stakes in gold-mining projects and companies in the New Silk Road area using 'private-equity and venture-capital methods,' the new fund would also be used to invest in gold-miner stocks and to set up gold exchange-traded funds... The fund may also boost China's power over the world gold market and could increase the use of the yuan in pricing gold," reported MarketWatch in May 2015.
Since then, the Chinese have aggressively added to their holdings...
Just one year later, in 2016, China reported its gold holdings had skyrocketed an additional 11% to 1,838 metric tons.
Recent reports show the Red Dragon now holds over 1,842 metric tons of gold.
Although, no one knows exactly how much gold China really has.
You see, China has a history of only reporting its gold reserves every few years. And odd math has raised questions about even these "official gold numbers."
Many analysts, including Schiff, believe the Chinese actually own more gold than the official numbers indicate.
Creating a Link Between Two Cities
Russia is also increasing its presence in the gold market. Along with China, it has ranked as one of the world's leading buyers of gold over the last couple of years.
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You see, on a visit to China last year, the deputy head of the Russian Central Bank, Sergey Shvetsov, actually confirmed that the two countries are working in tandem.
"We discussed the question of trade in gold. In China, the gold trade is conducted in Shanghai, in Russia it is in Moscow. Our idea is to create a link between the two cities in order to increase trade between the two markets," Shvetsov said to TASS Russian News.
Many analysts believe Russia and China are snatching up all this gold because they want to cut their dependence on the U.S. dollar and euro.
"China and other countries do not want to be in a situation where all their international assets are in effect dependent on the U.S... It is extremely reasonable to have assets in your portfolio that are not dependent on the goodwill of other countries," said former Bank of England Gov. Mervyn King to SchiffGold.
What This All Means for Investors
China and Russia are colluding to shift away from dollar- and euro-based trade and revert back to a true gold standard.
In fact, Daily Reckoning analyst Byron King dubbed it as the new "de-dollarization in trade" to SchiffGold.
"Up to now, there has never been anything approaching a serious challenge to the global supremacy of the dollar - certainly not in global trade. Yet here we are, watching Russia and China set up a proto-trading system based on gold. The daily quote for gold seems not to price in even a hint of this development. Yet it could have world-altering implications as it all unfolds," he said.
Indeed, if this gold-based trade expands to other large nations, it could cause a rush to safe-haven investments, like the yellow metal, from investors.
But the smart investors - the ones who have been watching this trend as it unfolds - will buy up shares in the gold miners.
"Sooner or later, we may see more and more countries break away from the dollar collar and join the gold-trading world. In that case, gold prices will soar and shares in well-run gold mining companies will explode upward," said Schiff.
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