On the reform of RMB exchange rate: A middle ground solution

Bin Zhang, Xiuping Hua

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Just one year after the global financial crisis, the RMB exchange rate is under pressure to appreciate once again. For one thing, the domestic structural problems in the Chinese economy which are related to RMB exchange rate have not yet been solved; for another, expectation for RMB appreciation and speculative inflows of capital returns to China. The reform of the RMB exchange rate regime seems both necessary and inevitable. In this chapter we try to achieve three goals: (1) to provide a systematic evaluation of the current de facto dollar peg regime; (2) to evaluate the benefits and shortcomings of four different reform schemes on RMB exchange regime which are popular in debate on this issue; (3) to propose a middle ground solution to the reform of RMB exchange rate regime, which is capable of giving considerations to both macroeconomic stability and rebalancing of resource allocation between tradable and nontradable sectors. The middle ground solution includes: a one time 10% RMB appreciation against the US dollar accompanied by annual ±3% band against the US dollar. Now is a very good time for implementing the middle ground solution to the RMB exchange rate reform.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAPEC and the Rise of China
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9789814329415
ISBN (Print)9789814329408
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • One-off appreciation
  • RMB exchange rate reform
  • Trade imbalances

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)


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