So in Looper we see a dystopian, future America which is clearly in the midst of a major recession. The paper money paid to the Loopers has Mao's face emblazoned on it and is printed in a typically Chinese shade of red, as shown in the image below.
Has anybody ever explained the reasoning behind this design decision?
From Abe's advice to Joe we know that China is a rising superpower in the Looper world. In addition, given the bankruptcy of the USA it is quite plausible that a foreign currency would be the trading medium of choice. However, I'd like to know if anybody connected with the making of the movie has made any official comment on this.