Monday, March 23, 2009

Report: China Suggests New Reserve Currency

by Bill McBride on 3/23/2009 08:11:00 PM

Update: here is the essay in English (ht Comrade Coinz)

From the Financial Times: China calls for new reserve currency

China’s central bank on Monday proposed replacing the US dollar as the international reserve currency with a new global system controlled by the International Monetary Fund.

In an essay posted on the People’s Bank of China’s website, Zhou Xiaochuan, the central bank’s governor, said the goal would be to create a reserve currency “that is disconnected from individual nations and is able to remain stable in the long run, thus removing the inherent deficiencies caused by using credit-based national currencies”.
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To replace the current system, Mr Zhou suggested expanding the role of special drawing rights ... Today, the value of SDRs is based on a basket of four currencies – the US dollar, yen, euro and sterling ... China’s proposal would expand the basket of currencies forming the basis of SDR valuation to all major economies and set up a settlement system between SDRs and other currencies so they could be used in international trade and financial transactions.
This is just a suggestion for the long term ...