Today it was released that China imported approximately 104 tonnes, a staggering amount of gold!
The chart looks something like this:
|Chart 1: China Gold Imports|
From Shanghai Daily:
GOLD imports by China's mainland from Hong Kong rose 65 percent to a record in April, up for a third straight month as investors sought a hedge against financial market turmoil and an economic slowdown.
Shipments totaled 103,644.5 kilograms in April from 62,913 kilograms in March, according to export data from the Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong government yesterday. In the first four months, imports were 239,174 kilograms from 27,114 kilograms a year earlier, according to Bloomberg News calculations. China doesn't publish such figures.
Increased imports by the second-largest consumer after India may help extend a rebound in the precious metal that's been driven by speculation the US Federal Reserve may add to stimulus this month to boost the recovery. Spot gold rallied 4.1 percent on June 1 after US jobs data missed hopes. China's central bank may also be boosting holdings, saidWang Xinyou, a senior analyst at the Agricultural Bank of China Ltd.