China Launches Yuan-Based International Payment System

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – China launched the first phase of its China International Payment System (CIPS) in Shanghai on Thursday, allowing cross-border transactions in the Chinese national currency, the yuan.

CIPS’ first phase provides clearing and settlement services, according to the People’s Bank of China announcement. Its launch is said to remove hurdles to the yuan’s internationalization by reducing transaction costs and processing times.

Up to 19 major banks were named as direct participants in CIPS, with 38 Chinese banks and up to 140 foreign financial institutions named as indirect participants.

The launch bolsters China’s efforts to join the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket. An announcement on the State Council’s website cited SWIFT transaction services data as calling the yuan one of the world’s top five payment currencies last November.

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