Caixin
Nov 04, 2022 06:32 AM
FINANCE

China and Pakistan Set Up Offshore Yuan Clearing

What’s new: Pakistan became the third country in 2022 to establish a Chinese yuan clearing arrangement and the first country in South Asia to do so.

China’s central bank signed a cooperation memorandum with the central bank of Pakistan to establish a yuan clearing arrangement in the country, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said Wednesday.

The move will benefit enterprises and financial institutions in China and Pakistan, allowing them to use yuan for cross-border transactions and further promoting bilateral trade and investment, the PBOC said.

The memorandum was signed during Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s first official visit to China since taking office in April. The two countries also signed a series of collaboration agreements covering digital economy, financial cooperation and agricultural exports.

The background: China’s central bank signed cooperation memorandums with the central banks of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Laos in September to establish Chinese yuan clearing arrangements in the two countries.

Kazakhstan, Laos and Pakistan are all involved in China’s Belt and Road initiative to link the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. As of the end of 2021, China signed bilateral currency swap agreements with 22 countries along the Belt and Road and established yuan clearing mechanisms in eight countries, the PBOC said in a report.

Other countries in South America and South Asia may announce overseas yuan clearing arrangements in the future, Caixin learned from sources.

Contact reporter Denise Jia (huijuanjia@caixin.com) and editor Bob Simison (bob.simison@caixin.com)

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