[OPE] New reserve currency?

From: Jurriaan Bendien <adsl675281@telfort.nl>
Date: Tue Mar 24 2009 - 16:36:20 EDT

Zhou Xiaochuan, People's Bank of China:

The desirable goal of reforming the international monetary system, therefore, is to create an international reserve currency that is disconnected from individual nations and is able to remain stable in the long run, thus removing the inherent deficiencies caused by using credit-based national currencies. http://www.pbc.gov.cn/english/detail.asp?col=6500&id=178

Sydney Morning Herald, March 25, 2009:

KEVIN RUDD has scotched suggestions by the governor of the People's Bank of China that the US dollar should lose its status as the world's key reserve currency. The call by the governor of the central bank, Zhou Xiaochuan, for the creation of a new world currency has added spice to the lead-up to next week's G20 meeting called to find co-ordinated solutions to the global financial crisis.

The Prime Minister, whose approach to the crisis was branded "A-plus" yesterday by the Obama Administration, said the currency issue was not on the agenda of the G20 meeting in London. "The dollar's position on that score remains unchallenged," he told a Wall Street Journal seminar in Washington. "It's not on my agenda papers and if there's a late Chinese edition I'll review it with respectful interest."

Russia already has proposed the G20 examine the creation of a new reserve currency and reportedly has the backing of a growing number of nations. Mr Rudd, who held talks with the US President, Barack Obama, overnight Sydney time, is conscious of China's growing importance and backs its push at the G20 to increase its stake in the International Monetary Fund. Mr Rudd said there was a chance the Chinese economy, on which so much of the world depends, could start recovering by the second half of this year.

He told the seminar public stimulus measures and private administrative changes under way in China might "give the rest of the world a bit of a surprise on the upside in the second half of the year. Everyone around the world is waiting for China to come alive . It's too early to tell but there's a few green shoots out there." Mr Zhou's proposal, which economists consider unlikely to succeed, points to nervousness in China about $US2000 billion ($2840 billion) invested in the US, and a growing willingness to throw its weight around in international affairs.

"To me it is a case of dream on - it isn't going to happen," said Mervyn Lewis, a professor of finance at the University of South Australia. http://business.smh.com.au/business/china-muscles-up-but-rudd-backs-america-20090324-98w4.html

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