BREAKING: RMB internationalization is market’s choice-PBoC Governor Zhou

Wow…..Get ready to paper your walls with those Greenbacks.

From the China Daily.

The internationalization of the renminbi is the will of the market rather than
a government-backed move, People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan was
quoted as saying on Monday. “It is the result of the growing power of the nation
and its financial market boom … though there is still much to do considering
the low level of development and openness,” Zhou said in an interview with
China Business News.

According to Zhou, China needs to continue removing restrictions on transactions
such as “settlement only in hard currencies”, and further open the nation’s
financial market. “In general, we should do our homework, and let the market decide
which currency should be used,” he said.

But “what we can say is this, the renminbi has the potential to become a more
globally accepted currency”, he added.

Echoing Zhou’s comments, a statement from the State Council said last week that
the country will speed up the opening of its financial market, including allowing
qualified foreign institutions to invest in China with the yuan, and expanding the
use of the yuan in overseas markets, such as cross-border settlement, and as an
international reserve currency.

Meanwhile, the country will encourage domestic banks to develop overseas businesses,
to support the internationalization of Chinese enterprises, and allow high-quality
foreign financial institutions to participate in the reform of their Chinese
counterparts, the statement said.

“The acceptance of the renminbi as an international currency has been proven by the
fast expansion of the currency globally in recent years,” said Ding Zhijie, dean of
the School of Banking and Finance with the University of International Business and
Economics.

“Acceptance of a currency in the global market is related to convenience, and its
ability to hold its value,” said Li Jing, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of
Social Sciences.

“However, the majority of trade settlement in the renminbi was still made in imports,
while most exporters continue to receive US dollars, resulting in a continuous increase
in the foreign exchange reserve,” said Li. To further the internationalization of the
currency, China should consider opening its capital account, Ding said.”Talking about
opening the capital account, the first thought that comes to mind is capital outflow,”
Ding said. “In fact, a better environment will enhance the market’s confidence in the
Chinese economy, and encourage investors to return,” he said. “Opening the capital
account may also increase pressure for the renminbi’s appreciation, but it may not be
serious at the moment,” he added. While China promotes financial reforms and the
internationalization of its currency, pressure on the country’s fast-growing foreign
exchange reserve will be eased. China’s international balance sheet will continue to
report a surplus in both the current and capital accounts, but the volume will decline
sharply, says a statement from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

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