China expanded a trial of yuan settlement for exports to all companies qualified for foreign trade from a list of designated participants, the nation’s central bank said on its website yesterday.
The change is aimed at promoting trade and the Chinese currency’s cross-border use, the People’s Bank of China said, citing a combined directive with the ministries of finance and commerce, the customs and taxation bureaus and the China Banking Regulatory Commission. A circular on the new policy attached to the announcement is dated Feb. 3.
Premier Wen Jiabao is encouraging the wider use of the yuan in international trade and investment to curb reliance on the U.S. dollar while maintaining some controls on funds flowing in and out of China. Officials have said they want to gradually achieve the yuan’s full convertibility under the capital account by 2015.
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