* China says exchange rate management is a sovereign issue
* Says yuan has not been a topic at previous G20 summits
* Says world economy faces uncertainty, especially euro
By Simon Rabinovitch and Aileen Wang
BEIJING, June 18 China told the rest of the
world on Friday not to meddle with the way it manages the yuan,
calling the exchange rate a sovereign matter for it alone to
decide and all but ruling it out of bounds at next week's G20
Beijing is under pressure from Washington in particular to
let the yuan rise in value to help reduce the large U.S. trade
deficit with China, and financial markets expect the issue to
loom large at the Group of 20 meeting in Canada on June 26 and
But senior officials brushed aside that idea.
"The RMB is China's currency, so I don't think it is an
issue that should be discussed internationally," Cui Tiankai, a
vice foreign minister who is China's G20 sherpa, the official
in charge of preparing for the summit, told a news briefing.
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China has kept the yuan, also known as the renminbi (RMB),
steady around 6.83 per dollar for almost two years to help its
exporters ride out the global financial crisis. Many Western
economists believe it is undervalued by as much as 40 percent.
Zhang Tao, head of the central bank's international
department, said that as far as he knew the yuan had never been
discussed at previous G20 summits.
"The Chinese government will decide on its foreign exchange
rate policy according to both domestic and global economic
situations," Zhang said.
The yuan rose to a one-month high against the dollar in
offshore forwards on Friday as investors bet that China might
eventually cave in to growing pressure to let the yuan rise in
value. For the yuan market report, click on: [CNY/]
While the global economic recovery was unfolding more
strongly than expected, it was facing multiple uncertainties,
Foremost among these was the euro zone's debt morass, Vice
Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao added.
"The global economy is in the process of recovering, but
still faces uncertainties, especially the European debt
crisis," he said.
The European Union is China's biggest trading partner, and
although China's overall exports have recovered to pre-crisis
levels Beijing remains concerned that the world economy is not
yet on a stable footing.
How swiftly countries should unwind the super-loose fiscal
aand monetary policies they introduced to counter the global
crisis will be high on the agenda at the G20 summit in Toronto.
Debt-averse Germany is pressing for a rapid reduction in
budget deficits, while the United States and France fear deep
cuts could derail the economic recovery.
Straddling the two camps, Zhu said countries with serious
budget deficits should accelerate fiscal consolidation but in a
manner that is "growth-friendly".
On the question of how global financial regulation should
be reformed, Zhu said a key principle was that countries should
chart their own paths based on their own economic conditions.
But, as general goals, he said the Group of 20 wealthy and
emerging nations should work to strengthen banks' capital and