The People’s Bank of China is building a yuan reserve with five other nations in collaboration with the Bank for International Settlements.
China is teaming up with Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Chile, with each contributing 15 billion yuan, about $2.2 billion, to the Renminbi
Arrangement, China’s central bank said in a statement Saturday.
“When in need of liquidity, participating central banks would not only be able to draw down on their contributions, but would also gain access to additional funding through a collateralised liquidity window,” the bank said.
According to the report, the funds will be stored with the Bank for International Settlements.
Russia and China have been attempting to develop a new reserve currency with other BRICS countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week.
The basket of currencies would present a US-dominated International Monetary Fund alternative and include contributions from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
“The matter of creating the international reserve currency based on the basket of currencies of our countries is under review,” Putin told the BRICS Business Forum on Wednesday, according to a TASS report. “We are ready to openly work with all fair partners.”
Meanwhile, China’s foreign-exchange reserves — the world’s largest — grew last month for the first time in 2022, state data showed. The nation’s reserves rose by $80.6 billion to reach $3.13 trillion.
At the same time, the US dollar has hit a 20-year high in recent weeks.
In March, reports emerged of a Saudi oil deal priced in yuan. An economist told Insider that a deal done without dollars could signal unease in relying too heavily on the US currency.
“While any deal would be symbolic, the Chinese are not alone in the search for a nondollar reserve currency,” Aleksandar Tomic previously told Insider. “Other countries’ need for dollars exposes them to the US financial sector, and consequently gives the US political leverage.”