Can the renminbi beat the dollar for currency supremacy?

China’s planned launch of an international payment system to process cross-border yuan transactions in September will challenge the US dollar’s dominance in global trade and help Beijing build a leading role in Asian and global financial markets.

The greenback’s dominance in global trade and financial markets has begun to weaken because of the currency’s co-dependence with US military power, which is seeing structural changes.

American military power also ensures security at home and creates a safe environment that attracts foreign investment in US assets and bonds and a desire to hold the US dollar, which is accepted in most parts of the world. Continue reading

China to Set Yuan Clearing Banks in Luxembourg, Paris

In its continued push to make the yuan a global currency, China’s central bank said Sunday it plans to designate clearing banks for its currency in Paris and Luxembourg, as the two financial centers battle with London to become the leading European offshore yuan-trading city.

The People’s Bank of China announced the move in two separate statements Sunday. It didn’t say when it would designate the clearing banks. Continue reading