Beijing Asks for RMB’s Inclusion in SDR Basket

One senior central banker said Thursday that China is “actively communicating” with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the possibility of including the renminbi, in the basket of the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).

“We hope the IMF can fully take into account the progress of the renminbi’s internationalization, to include the renminbi into the basket underlining the SDR in foreseeable, near future,” said Yi Gang, vice governor of the People’s Bank of China.

However, China is being patient until conditions are ripe, Yi said at a press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing annual parliamentary session.

SDRs are international foreign exchange reserve assets. Allocated to nations by the IMF, an SDR represents a claim to foreign currencies for which it may be exchanged in times of need.

Although denominated in US dollars, the nominal value of an SDR is derived from a basket of currencies, with a fixed amount of Japanese yen, US dollars, pounds and euros. It does not include the renminbi.




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