The IMF has accepted the Chinese yuan into the club of elite currencies.
It marks a turning point for China and its acceptance as a global economic power.
Managing director of the IMF is Christine Lagarde:“The addition and the inclusion of the renminbi in the SDR basket of currencies is a recognition of the significant reforms which have been conducted, of the significant opening up of the Chinese economy, of the financial, more market-driven principles that are being used by the Chinese authorities going forward.”
For Beijing this is about prestige and will allow China to challenge the economic dominance of the US.
The yuan joins the dollar, euro, pound and yen in the basket.
The IMF decision, which comes into effect towards the end of 2016, is largely political to be used as a tool to encourage economic changes within the world’s second largest economy.
It also allows closer scrutiny of the currency as the government begins a liberalisation of its tightly controlled exchange rate and financial system.