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China’s yuan on track to become Asia ‘anchor’ currency, ADB says
An employee counts 100 yuan banknotes at a branch of Bank of Communications in Shenyang, China. (Bloomberg)
SINGAPORE (AFP) ― China’s yuan is increasingly being used to settle trade transactions in Asia, gradually cementing its way to becoming a regional ‘anchor’ currency, the Asian Development Bank said Thursday.
The rise of the currency’s use in trade and in the financial markets is likely to nudge China to further open up its financial sector if it wants the yuan to play a bigger global role, the Manila-based lender said.
The yuan, or renminbi, “is being increasingly used to settle trade transactions,” the ADB said in a statement issued in Singapore at the launch of its latest report, the Asian Economic Integration Monitor.
“Over time it could become an anchor currency
, helping the region to integrate their economies, cooperate on monetary and finance issues as well as gradually open up the (Chinese) financial market,” the statement said.
Iwan Azis, head of ADB’s Office of Regional Economic Integration, told reporters at the launch that some countries engaging in bilateral trade with China settle in renminbi, and their number has been increasing.
“I know that policymakers in Beijing are actively persuading ASEAN countries to use yuan for their bilateral trade settlement with China,” he said, referring to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Hong Kong, Singapore and London settle some international trade in yuan, and this month the Singapore Exchange said it is ready to quote, trade, clear and settle securities denominated in yuan, the ADB report said.
“All in all, it makes sense that some of the players ― exporters and importers ― start to accept the use of alternative currency, and since China is the biggest player in the field, they accept the use of the yuan for trade settlement,” Azis said.
He said it is “only a matter of time” before the yuan becomes an anchor currency, given that China is now the world’s second biggest economy.