China calls for ‘befuddled’ world to ‘de-Americanise’ as IMF warns U.S. default could trigger global recession

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The looming prospect of a U.S. default on debt prompted China to call for the world to “de-Americanise” Sunday, amid warnings of a new global recession.

Xinhua, the official Chinese government news agency, said that as U.S. politicians continued to flounder over a deal to break the impasse, “it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanised world”.

The jibe was made as Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, raised the spectre of a repeat of the 2008 financial crash as hopes dwindled for a resolution of the crisis over the debt ceiling and partial government shutdown.

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