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Renminbi bank notes (photo by Flickr user faungg licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license).

China's Yuan Boosted by U.K. Bond Deal, but Won't Rival Dollar—Yet

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

Earlier this month, the United Kingdom and China announced the upcoming issuance of a U.K. government bond denominated in yuan, making the U.K. the first Western government to borrow in China’s currency. British and Chinese authorities noted that the funds raised by the bond will be used to add yuan to the U.K.’s foreign exchange reserves. While there was no indication as to how much London was looking to borrow, the move alone is a significant milestone for Beijing.

Five years ago, the yuan had virtually no presence outside of China’s borders. But each year since, the currency has taken on a larger international role. The yuan has great potential as a global currency that may one day catapult it alongside or even atop the U.S. dollar as the world’s most internationalized money, with important economic implications for both the U.S. and China. Yet political and economic factors may prevent the yuan from rising that fast or that far. ...

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