Chinese Central Bank says Yuan “Close to Equilibirum”

China’s foreign-exchange regulator urged Group of 20 nations to improve collaboration to avoid any so-called currency wars while signaling he’s comfortable with the value of the yuan.

On a global level, there needs to be “better communication and coordination” on foreign exchange among the G-20, Yi Gang, who is also a deputy governor of China’s central bank, said in an interview at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 26. “Right now, it is pretty much close to the equilibrium level,” he said, referring to the Chinese currency’s exchange rate.

Criticism over China’s exchange-rate system has abated in recent months. Lawrence Summers, the former top economic adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama, said Jan. 14 that the yuan is no longer as undervalued as it was five years ago. The currency, which has strengthened about 17 percent against the dollar since the end of 2007, rose 1 percent last year, the least in three years.


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