China added to its official gold reserves for the third straight month in February as the country continues efforts to minimize its exposure to the US dollar.
The People’s Bank of China added 10 tons of gold to its horde last month. It has accumulated an additional 32 tons of the yellow metal since the beginning of the year. According to the Financial Times, at this rate, China will surpass Russia and Kazakhstan as the leading central bank buyers.
Could China be secretly pumping up its gold reserves?
Officially, the People’s Bank of China hasn’t added any gold to its hoard since October 2016. But some analysts don’t think the Chinese have stopped accumulating gold. They think they’ve just gone silent.