Securities Regulation Guide

What the Chinese Yuan Must Accomplish for International Currency Status


China is a recognized currency manipulator, and is stopping at nothing to ensure that's the Yuan is fully internationalized. The nation has adopted unpopular techniques to reach that goal, including limiting the availability of the Yuan. While most scholars, including Chris Brummer at, have taken note of the anomalous currency internationalization process, the main concern right now, how exactly with this end for China? To answer that question, one has to revisit the definition of an international currency and see whether the Yuan measures up to that status, which other currencies like the US dollar and the British pound have enjoyed for decades. 


Firstly, a currency has to fulfill its role as a medium of exchange, which is evidenced based on the degree to which buyers and sellers depend on it as a valid form of payment for goods purchased, and for other financial transactions. Such a currency must be legal tender in the first place, and it must be shown to posses trade value for many categories of economic exchanges, as a matter of business practice. Thus, the extent to which the Yuan is effectively functioning as a medium of exchange globally is an important way to assess its success as an international or prospective international currency.


Likewise, how well a currency is performing as an instrument for measuring the cost/worth of goods, services, and other items may help gauge its internationalization. Note that, while a currency may be effective functioning as a measure of value, it need not be widely used as a means of exchange. This means that one currency may be used to measure the value of goods, only for other currencies to be used to make the payments. Be that as it may, any currency that's popular as a measure of value internationally is likely a preferred point of reference for cross-border transactions, no matter if any specific market players are really holding the currency. 


The third and equally vital indicator of a currency's international status is how well it's doing as a stable store of value. Still, this has nothing to do with the popularity of any currency as medium of exchange, but how well it performs as a reserve asset over a period of time. So if a currency is used just as a means to exchange value, yet it's not respected as way to store the same, it may not be in high demand seeing as firms and individuals may not hold on to it for long for fear that its purchasing power may be hindered by depreciation at


Whether or not the Chinese Yuan will have to follow due growth processes and attain the important fundamentals of international currency remains to be seen. For more facts and information about finance, go to