Sharing insights elevates their impact (2023)

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04 May 2022 Todd C. Lee

The weaponization of the US dollar against Russia after itsinvasion of Ukraine has raised expectations that Beijing willaccelerate its de-dollarization efforts, to protect against similarfinancial sanctions that Washington could deploy against China(mainland). While the Chinese renminbi (RMB) is unlikely todethrone the US dollar in the global financial system soon,concerns remain that the dollar's weaponization against Russia hasinitiated an irreversible fracturing of the global financial systemthat will result in two international monetary systems, one led bythe United States and one by China.

RMB internationalization and development as a reservecurrency

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The internationalization of the RMB and its potential emergenceas a major reserve currency are related but not equivalent. Theinternationalization of the RMB is intended to increase its usagein international trade and financial transactions, while itspossible ascension to a major global reserve currency entailsRMB-denominated financial assets being widely and heavily held incentral banks' foreign-exchange reserves.

RMB's advancements in the two areas have been marginal, evenwith Beijing's greater push on both fronts since the early2010s.

  • In foreign-exchange markets trading, the RMB accounted for 4.3%of one side of total trade in 2019, according to the Bank forInternational Settlements' triennial survey - up from 0.9% in 2010.The US dollar remained the most actively traded currency in theglobal forex market, accounting for 88.3% of all trades on one sidein 2019.
  • The reach of China's CIPS (Cross-Border Interbank PaymentSystem), the international payment system China launched in 2015,still pales in comparison with that of the cross-border financialmessaging platform SWIFT (the Society for Worldwide InterbankFinancial Telecommunication). At the end of March 2022, CIPS had1,304 participants, compared with more than 11,000 of SWIFT'sparticipating institutions. Moreover, more than 80% of CIPS'stransactions rely on SWIFT's messaging service.
  • As a reserve currency, the RMB accounted for only 2.8% offoreign-exchange reserves held by central banks across the globe inthe fourth quarter of 2021. The US dollar, on the other hand,remained the dominant global reserve currency, accounting for 58.8%of reserves held by central banks in the final quarter of2021.

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Prospects and impact of China'sde-dollarization

Given the RMB remains far behind the US dollar in terms ofinternational use and the role of the dominant global reservecurrency, what countermeasures could Beijing deploy to protectChina against US financial sanctions like those enacted againstRussia?

Option 1: Diversifying away from US dollarreserves

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To protect against the US freezing China's foreign-exchangereserves, Beijing could aggressively diversify its reserve holdingsaway from US dollar-denominated assets. China reduced its holdingsof US dollar reserves from 79% of its total foreign-exchangereserves in 1995 to 59% in 2016 (the latest data reported byChina's State Administration of Foreign Exchange). This is far lessthan Russia's dollar-reserve diversification efforts, as theRussian central bank has reduced its holdings of dollar reserves toonly 7% of its overall foreign-exchange reserves. However, becausemost of Russia's reserve diversifications went to financial assetsof other advanced economies that are part of the US-led allianceagainst Moscow, more than half of Russia's foreign-exchangereserves were still frozen by the sanctions. Given the size anddepth of advanced economies' financial markets, if Beijing were todiversify its reserve holdings away from dollar assets, it wouldhave little choice but to reallocate its portfolio to the financialinstruments of the other advanced economies. Indeed, advancedeconomies account for 96% of the global bond market excluding theUS and China. (China cannot hold foreign-exchange reserves in RMBassets.)

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Option 2: Full push for the RMB to achieve major globalreserve currency status

Beijing could launch a forceful push to promote the RMB as amajor global reserve currency. The key obstacle to this option isnot the US dollar's entrenched dominance in international trade andfinance that the RMB has struggled to chip away. Rather, theessential barrier to the RMB becoming a major global reservecurrency is the Chinese government's inability to fully liberalizeChina's capital account, owing to its underdeveloped andinsufficiently robust financial system. China's financial system isdominated by banks, which are mostly under state command. Giventhis, bank lending is not always based on commercial criteria andgenerally favors state-owned enterprises or politically connectedprivate firms. China's bond market lacks transparency becauseChina's subpar domestic credit rating industry has consistentlyprovided inflated ratings for Chinese bonds. China's stock marketsare highly volatile owing to poor corporate governance, inadequateaccounting practices, low auditing standards, and speculativeinvestments by retail investors. If Beijing fully liberalizesChina's capital account, allowing unfettered capital flows acrossthe country's borders, its less than fully healthy financialmarkets could induce debilitating capital flight during periods ofeconomic stress.

Option 3: Expedite the development of China's centralbank digital currency

Another potential option for China's de-dollarization is tofast-track the development of its central bank digital currency(CBDC). CBDC is fiat money issued by the central bank in digitalformat, which is widely available to the public. There are twotypes of CBDC: wholesale CBDC used by financial institutions, andretail CBDC used by households and businesses. Wholesale CBDC isalready in use, as they are financial institutions' deposits at thecentral bank (that is, reserves). As a result, launching CBDCeffectively means rolling out retail CBDC. The PBoC begandeveloping China's CBDC - known as e-CNY - in 2017. Regardless ofChina's progress in e-CNY's development, requirements for the RMBto become a major global reserve currency remain the same.Specifically, China still needs to clear the hurdle of capitalaccount liberalization. Furthermore, privacy will be a majorconcern for the internationalization of e-CNY despite the PBoC'sassurance of e-CNY's "controllable anonymity," given that theinstitutional limits on governmental executive power in China aremuch more blurred than in advanced economies.

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Prospects and impact of "shock and awe" financialsanctions against China

There are two major components of the US-led financial sanctionsagainst Russia: removing Russian banks from SWIFT, and freezing theRussian central bank's foreign-exchange reserves.

It would be nearly impossible to completely cut off China'sbanks from SWIFT. Even the sanctions against Russia only imposed apartial exclusion of Russian banks from the system, the reasonbeing Europe's heavy dependence on oil and natural gas imports fromRussia. The international payment system and international supplychains are two sides of the same coin: goods sold and boughtthrough the international supply chain are paid and paid forthrough the international payment system. Given that Europe isreluctant to completely cut off oil and natural gas imports fromRussia, it cannot completely cut off Russian banks from the paymentsystem.

China's entrenchment in the international supply chain dwarfsthat of Russia. China is the world's largest goods trader and isdeeply entrenched across a wide stretch of the global supply chain,while Russia is mainly a commodities exporter. Thus, completelycutting off China from the international payment system would sendcatastrophic shockwaves through the global economy, as it wouldeffectively entail a hard decoupling with China. As a result, onlythe most extreme geopolitical conflict between China and the UScould put this option on the table.

Freezing China's foreign-exchange reserves would be lesscatastrophic than completely removing China from the internationalpayment system, although the resulting shocks to the global economywould still be extreme given the country's immense size. FreezingChina's foreign-exchange holdings would severely impair the PBoC'sability to stabilize the RMB's exchange rate and fend off acurrency crisis. An RMB crash would inevitably ensue, leading to animport collapse. The Chinese authorities would be likely to imposestrict capital controls to stabilize the RMB. Foreign portfolioinvestment in China would be trapped, and multinational enterprisesoperating in China would be unable to repatriate theirearnings.

Final word

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Beijing's efforts toward RMB internationalization and reservecurrency promotion have been unable to shake the US dollar'sdominance in international finance and its role as the pre-eminentglobal reserve currency. China's under-developed and insufficientlyrobust financial system is the key technical obstacle to the RMBbecoming a major reserve currency. China's blurry institutionallimitations on governmental executive authority also pose a majorimpediment to the RMB's ascension to a major reserve currency.Ironically, the removal of these major barriers would imply aconvergence of China's economic and political system with that ofthe advanced economies, which would greatly reduce the risk of theUS-led shock-and-awe financial sanctions against China that Beijingis seeking to avoid.

Posted 04 May 2022 by Todd C. Lee, Chief China Economist, S&P Global Market Intelligence

This article was published by S&P Global Market Intelligence and not by S&P Global Ratings, which is a separately managed division of S&P Global.

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