China ratings firm warns of global currency crisis

BEIJING - Rising sovereign debt levels in advanced economies are spawning a crisis that threatens to topple the dollar and other reserve currencies, a Chinese credit ratings agency warned on Monday.

By (AFP)

Published: Tue 26 Feb 2013, 10:30 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:51 AM

Dagong Global Credit Rating said developed economies were spawning a “currency crisis” by trying to prop up their economies through loose monetary policies following the 2008-2009 financial meltdown. Dagong says it is an independent private company but its chairman has previously advised the Chinese government, which has the world’s largest foreign exchange reserves.

“In this stage, the world will more actively look for a new currency other than the US dollar, euro, Japanese yen and British pound to replace the current international currency system,” the report said.

The document did not mention the Chinese yuan as an alternative, but clearly suggested that China’s economic fundamentals and rising global influence mean the country is poised to play a leading role. Dagong said that efforts by China and other “emerging creditor countries” to stimulate their own internal demand meant they were destined to play a leading role in safeguarding the global financial system.

“They will become the leading force to protect the stability of international credit,” the report said. Decades of reform and economic growth have made China the world’s second-largest economy, but strict capital controls have kept its currency from playing a role much beyond the country’s shores. That is gradually changing, however, as Beijing slowly loosens restrictions with the goal of increasing the yuan’s international role. Last year, China and Japan began trading of yuan and yen.

In the latest example of the currency’s increasing internationalisation, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday would begin offering deliverable offshore yuan futures in Hong Kong.

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