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Britain to include China’s RMB as foreign currency reserve

Updated: Sep 15,2014 9:22 AM     Xinhua

LONDON -- British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced on Sept 12 that the British government intend to issue a Renminbi denominated bond and to use the proceeds to finance the government’s reserves of foreign currency.

“I can now announce that the UK government intend to be the first national government outside of China to issue a bond in China’s currency. We issued bonds in US dollar before, now we will be issuing a bond in RMB,” said Osborne in the press release of the Sixth China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD).

Vice-Premier Ma Kai and Osborne concluded the meeting of the Sixth China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue in London.

Osborne described this dialogue outcome as “a historic moment” and a statement of British confidence in the potential of the RMB to become “the main global reserves currency”.

“And let me be clear, as China becomes a bigger and bigger part of the world economy, their currency is going to be used around the world. We here in Britain understand that, and we want us to be the first country in the West to seize the opportunities that it will bring,” declared Osborne.

Meanwhile, the issuance of Chinese currency bond means jobs and investment in Britain, which the government’s long-term economic plan is all about, noted Osborne.

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