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Tobin, Damian (2013) 'Renminbi internationalisation: precedents and implications.' Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 11 (2). pp. 81-99.

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Although it is commonly assumed that there are no precedents against which to benchmark Renminbi (RMB), this study argues that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) own development experience provides a useful perspective on the internationalisation debate. This study indicates that lessons can be learnt from both the successes and the shortcomings of efforts to internationalise the RMB in the 1970s. During this period, state-owned banks in Hong Kong played a central role in mobilising finance for foreign trade. Access to Hong Kong’s financial institutions allowed the PRC to maximise international trade receipts while minimising the risk of undue swings in capital flows. This study shows that although China no longer faces foreign exchange scarcity, economic reforms have not yet resolved vulnerabilities in China’s financial institutions. As a consequence, Hong Kong has retained its role in mitigating the risks of internationalisation and as a globalising force for China’s banking sector more generally.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: China, Hong Kong, Renminbi, currency internationalisation, banking reform, trade
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management
ISSN: 14765284
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2013 13:11
Related URLs: http://www.tand ... 77#.UdF7fdgU58E

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