The RMB Exchange Rate: Past, Current, and Future by Yin-Wong Cheung

The RMB Exchange Rate: Past, Current, and Future

byYin-Wong Cheung, Kenneth K Chow, Fengming Qin

Kobo ebook | November 22, 2016

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Over the past two decades, China's robust economic performance has propelled it to the world stage. At the same time, the world has increasingly scrutinized China's economic policies and activities. One of the hotly contested issues is China's foreign exchange rate policy. China's current reform and modernization policies to convert its centrally planned economy towards a market-driven one could hardly draw on experiences of other countries.

This book provides a succinct and up-to-date account of China's exchange rate policy including the currency undervaluation debate and the internationalization of its currency. It begins with a brief history of the modern China's foreign exchange rate policy. In particular, it highlights the three Chinese policy characteristics; namely, independence, controllability and practicability, and graduality. This prologue helps to interpret China's policy on its currency, the renminbi (RMB); including its recent initiatives to promote the international use of its currency.

The book covers the basic theoretical and empirical issues that are relevant for determining the equilibrium value of the RMB exchange rate and, hence, its degree of misalignment. Then it evaluates the controversy surrounding the RMB valuation debate, and highlights the sensitivity of empirical estimates of the degree of misalignment to alternative presumptions.

The book also examines the timely issues related to China's recent efforts in promoting the use of its currency in the global financial market. After describing the background of China's recent efforts to internationalize the RMB, the book a) discusses the main promotional policies, including the recent Qianhai project and Shanghai Free Trade Zone initiative, b) evaluates the current status of the offshore RMB market, the level of international use of the RMB and the admission to the SDR basket, and c) assesses the future prospects of the RMB to be a global currency.


  • Introduction

  • The Chinese Economy:

    • The Post-1978 Era
    • Blistering Growth
    • Trade Giant
    • Foreign Direct Investment
    • Participation in the Global Economy
    • Conclusion
  • Exchange Rate Policy:

    • The Pre-Reform Era
    • The Post-Open-Door Policy Era
    • Some Reflections
  • RMB Valuation:

    • Modeling Equilibrium Exchange Rate
    • Estimating the Degree of RMB Misalignment
    • A Few Recent Studies
    • Discussions
  • RMB Internationalization: I:

    • Joining the Global Financial Community
    • International Currency: Functionalities
    • Promoting the International Use of the RMB
  • RMB Internationalization: II:

    • Developments in the Onshore Market
    • Why Internationalize the RMB?
    • The Level of International Use of the RMB
    • Looking Forward
  • Concluding Remarks:

    • Experiences
    • Domestic Challenges
    • International Dimensions
    • China's Currency in the Global Financial System

Readership: Academics, policy-makers, professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, interested in China's exchange rate policy and internationalization of its currency.

Title:The RMB Exchange Rate: Past, Current, and FutureFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9814675512

ISBN - 13:9789814675512