BR America       中文       Deutsch       Français       日本語       ChinAfrica
Search      Subscribe
Home      Nation      World      Business      Opinion      Lifestyle      Multimedia      Documents      Special Reports      Africa Travel
Latest Headlines
Chinese Yuan Tumbles to Five-Year Low against U.S. Dollar

The renminbi fell to a five-year low against the U.S. dollar on Monday after statistics indicated weaker-than-expected Chinese economic growth momentum in December.

The People's Bank of China, the central bank, cut its daily reference rate by 0.15 percent to 6.5032 yuan to the dollar, the weakest level since May 2011.

In Shanghai, the Chinese currency, which is allowed to diverge from a central bank fixing by amaximum of 2 percent, retreated by 0.25 percent to 6.5097, according to China Foreign Exchange Trade System.

Offshore, the currency's spot rate on the Hong Kong foreign exchange market fell to 6.6108 to the dollar at one stage.

China's December manufacturing purchasing managers index rose to 49.7 from 49.6 in November, less than the market forecast of 49.8. It has been under 50 for five straight months, suggesting a persistent contraction in the sector.

Paul Mackel, global head of emerging markets foreign exchange strategy at HSBC Holdings, predicted that the renminbi will fall further in 2016 to about 6.70 to the dollar by the end of theyear.

"In the near-term, there could be stronger U.S. dollar demand against the renminbi, as the latter'sdepreciation expectations will remain," he said.

"While we expect China's foreign exchange policy to become less resistant to the renminbi'sweakness over the coming year, the risk is that this happens sooner rather than later."

In December, the renminbi lost nearly 2 percent against the dollar.

The fall came as China's top foreign exchange regulator said it would further reduce intervention after the renminbi's inclusion in the International Monetary Fund's Special Drawing Rights basket, making it a global reserve currency.

China Foreign Exchange Trade System also introduced a new index to gauge the renminbi'svalue against a basket of 13 currencies.

Analysts said this highlights a policy preference for a more independent currency, and the policyis gradually moving toward a freely floating foreign exchange regime.

Liu Ligang, chief China economist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group, said a weakerrenminbi may increase capital flows out of China and "sweep away" liquidity in the financialsector.

(China Daily  January 5, 2016)

About Us    |    Contact Us    |    Advertise with Us    |    Subscribe
Partners: ChinAfrica   |   |   China Today   |   China Pictorial   |   People's Daily Online   |   Women of China   |   Xinhua News Agency   |   China Daily
CGTN   |   China Tibet Online   |   China Radio International   |   Beijing Today   |   gb times   |   China   |   Eastday   |   CCN
Copyright Beijing Review All rights reserved 京ICP备08005356号 京公网安备110102005860号
Chinese Dictionary: