BEIJING – China has welcomed Pakistan’s move allowing the yuan to be used for imports, exports and financial transactions for bilateral trade and investment activities.
China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Thursday that bilateral monetary cooperation has been deepening since China and Pakistan signed a bilateral currency swap agreement in 2011.
“At present, various forms of trade and investment cooperation between China and Pakistan have developed in depth,” he added.
Pakistan’s central bank had stated on Tuesday that public and private sector enterprises may use the yuan for bilateral trade and investment.
Additionally, the State Bank of Pakistan is taking measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in yuan (RMB) in both public and private sectors (both Chinese and Pakistani) and people are free to choose RMB for bilateral trade and investment activities.
Both public and private sector enterprises may use the yuan for bilateral trade and investment, the State Bank of Pakistan had said in a statement on Tuesday.
“As per current foreign exchange regulations, Chinese Yuan (CNY) is an approved foreign currency for denominating foreign currency transactions in Pakistan,” it said.
“In terms of regulations in Pakistan, CNY is at par with other international currencies such as USD, Euro and JPY,” it added.
“We encourage market players in both countries to use domestic currency settlement in bilateral trade and investment and welcome Pakistan’s initiatives,” replied Shuang when asked to comment on Pakistan’s move.
Beijing believes this will provide a good financial environment for bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation and the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, he added.
The $54 billion CPEC was launched in 2013 to link western China to the Indian Ocean via Pakistan and has been hailed as a “game changer” by Pakistani officials.