PDF _ RS21625 - China’s Currency: A Summary of the Economic Issues
8-May-2008; Wayne M. Morrison and Marc Labonte; 6 p.

Update: Previous releases:
January 9, 2008
July 11, 2007

Abstract: Many Members of Congress charge that China’s policy of accumulating foreign reserves (especially U.S. dollars) to influence the value of its currency constitutes a form of currency manipulation intended to make its exports cheaper and imports into China more expensive than they would be under free market conditions. They further contend that this policy has caused a surge in the U.S. trade deficit with China and has been a major factor in the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs. Threats of possible congressional action led China to make changes to its currency policy in 2005, which has since resulted in a modest appreciation of the yuan. However, many Members have expressed dissatisfaction with the pace of China’s currency reforms and have warned of potential legislative action. This report summarizes the main findings CRS Report RL32165, China’s Currency: Economic Issues and Options for U.S. Trade Policy, by Wayne M. Morrison and Marc Labonte and will be updated as events warrant.  [read report]

Topics: Economics & Trade, International, Information

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