China's Exchange Rate as a Barrier to Trade Research Paper by Master Researcher

China's Exchange Rate as a Barrier to Trade
A review of China's currency policy and the impact it has on global trade patterns.
# 89428 | 4,050 words | 12 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Economics (International) , Economics (Macro) , Economics (General)

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This research discusses China's currency policy and how it affects global trade patterns.This paper pays particular attention to trade patterns with the world's leading economies such as the US and the EU. The US trade deficit with China is cited as an example of its use of an artificially valued currency as an effective barrier to trade imports into China. In this sense China's undervalued yuan is a barrier to imports and is maintained as such although China employs its undervalued yuan more to maintain its comparative advantage relative to its export market.

From the Paper:

"There are many types of trade barriers that can have a deep and lasting impact on the character of trade relations between nations. One of the most visible nations in the world today relative to trade and economic vitality is China. China's de facto role as the world's manufacturer has meant that its export market and foreign trade relations are intricately intertwined with the leading economies of the world such as the US and the EU. In this respect, leveling the balance of trade between China and these other leading economies is important to their long-term health. For example, the size of the US' trade deficit with China was over $200 billion and growing in 2004 (China, 2005)."

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