A major reason for the reduced exposure is the record amounts of US dollars being printed by the country's Federal Reserve, leading to fears among investors and central banks of imminent inflation. Another is US President Donald Trump's repeated attacks on the Chinese administration, the report said.
Currently, China is the world's second-largest holder of US debts, but it has been reducing its holdings of US bonds in recent years. In the first half of 2020 alone, China sold an estimated $106 billion worth of US bonds - a 3.4% decline compared to 2019.
Xi Junyang, a professor at the Shanghai University in China was cited as saying that China is on track to reduce its holdings of US bonds from $1 trillion to $800 billion. But he added, "China might sell all of its US bonds in an extreme case, like a military conflict."
Bitcoin critic and gold investor Peter Schiff agreed, tweeting, "My feeling is that China will reduce its exposure by much more. It's also likely that other nations will do likewise."
Schiff added, "That means the Fed is gonna need a much bigger printing press, and Americans had better be prepared to really pay up."