Re-evaluating China’s Currency Before the G20

This Senate Finance Committee hearing set for Wednesday ,”The U.S. – China Trade Relationship: Finding a New Path Forward is timely given China’s announcement on Saturday that it was going to allow its currency to rise. The only two witnesses listed so far are Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

China’s announcement certainly shook things up. On Friday, this was AFP’s lead: “OTTAWA (AFP) – – China’s controversial currency policy will be discussed at an upcoming G20 summit, a Canadian official said Friday, despite an earlier warning by Beijing not to bring up the yuan issue.”

On Sunday, AFP’s report was, “Chinese yuan under scrutiny before G20 meeting“:

BEIJING/WASHINGTON – Policymakers in the world’s major economies will closely monitor the Chinese yuan this week for signs it is actually moving after Beijing announced it would make its exchange rate more flexible.

The Group of 20 nations will meet in Canada next weekend to hash out a course for the future as the world gradually emerges from the worst financial crisis since the 1930s.

China is a member of the G20, which holds its semi-annual meeting starting Saturday in Toronto, but is NOT a member of the G8, which precedes the meeting with sessions at Muskoka in Ontario’s cottage country .

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