US says China not a currency manipulator
The US has decided not to declare China as having manipulated its currency to gain an unfair trade advantage. But the Treasury did say that China’s currency, the yuan, remains “significantly undervalued” and urged China to make further progress.
In its semi-annual report, it said Beijing did not meet the criteria to be called a currency manipulator, which could have sparked US trade sanctions.
Critics of China say it keeps the yuan low to keep its exports cheap. “The Chinese authorities have substantially reduced the level of official intervention in exchange markets since the third quarter of 2011, and China has taken a series of steps to liberalise controls on capital movements, as part of a broader plan to move to a more flexible exchange rate regime,” the Treasury said.
But it noted there was more to do and that “further appreciation” against the US dollar and other major currencies was “warranted”.
The issue of whether China manipulates its currency is an important political issue and an ongoing source of tension between the world’s two biggest economies.