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China welcomes IMF green light to yuan

15 November 2015 10:12


China welcomes IMF green light to yuan

China welcomes support from the IMF to include the yuan in the elite basket of reserve currencies possibly at the end of this month.

On Friday, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said the International Monetary Fund now thinks the yuan meets the requirements to be a “freely usable currency”.

The remarks are seen as the clearest sign that the yuan may be admitted to the basket of special drawing rights (SDR) currencies when the IMF Executive Board meets on Nov. 30.

The decision would mark a milestone in China’s bid to establish itself as a global economic powerhouse.

China has pressed for the inclusion of its currency, also known as the renminbi, in the basket as it would confer de facto reserve status on the yuan. The basket currently consists of the dollar, the euro, the UK pound and the yen.

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) said the new inclusion “will have win-win benefits both for China and the world”.

“China thinks that the inclusion of the RMB into the SDR basket will strengthen the representativeness and the attraction of the SDR and that it will improve the existing international monetary system,” the bank said.

If the IMF decides to admit the yuan into the basket, the actual inclusion could take place as late as September 30.

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