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Authors: Ka-Fu Wong; Ricky Lai
Published by: Asia Case Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Published in: 2008
Length: 22 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

The Chinese currency, the renminbi, has been the subject of controversy between China and its trade partners (especially the US), which accuse China of manipulating its exchange rate to make its exports artificially cheaper. They perceive the renminbi as an unfair weapon in international competition. Chinese officials responded that these attacks were groundless: the renminbi was not undervalued, at least not significantly. The peg contributed to maintaining a stable economic environment, which benefited all economic partners. They also said that, if the US was running a large trade and budget deficit, it was partly attributable to capital inflow from China. The US should focus on the weaknesses of its own economy that generated these deficits, instead of treating China as a scapegoat. Officials also said that China was a sovereign country with the right to choose its exchange rate policy. Throughout 2005 to 2007, the debate was regularly in the news and it was likely that arguments would become tougher if US and European trade deficits with China continued to increase. This case is about economics and business, introducing the basics of monetary economics and demonstrating practical applications of monetary policies and exchange rates that pertain to business decisions.
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Abstract

The Chinese currency, the renminbi, has been the subject of controversy between China and its trade partners (especially the US), which accuse China of manipulating its exchange rate to make its exports artificially cheaper. They perceive the renminbi as an unfair weapon in international competition. Chinese officials responded that these attacks were groundless: the renminbi was not undervalued, at least not significantly. The peg contributed to maintaining a stable economic environment, which benefited all economic partners. They also said that, if the US was running a large trade and budget deficit, it was partly attributable to capital inflow from China. The US should focus on the weaknesses of its own economy that generated these deficits, instead of treating China as a scapegoat. Officials also said that China was a sovereign country with the right to choose its exchange rate policy. Throughout 2005 to 2007, the debate was regularly in the news and it was likely that arguments would become tougher if US and European trade deficits with China continued to increase. This case is about economics and business, introducing the basics of monetary economics and demonstrating practical applications of monetary policies and exchange rates that pertain to business decisions.

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