Recent media reports suggest that Beijing is considering backing the yuan with gold. This decision, if taken, will likely affect China’s economy and may trigger a new wave of the global economic crisis. For Russia, however, such a scenario may have its benefits.
According to media reports of early July, the People’s Bank of China is mulling the possibility of phasing out the dollar as the reference currency for the yuan exchange rate, and to start using gold as the reference point.
The reports have not been confirmed officially, but analysts are warning that the step, if taken, will weaken the yuan and destabilise China’s already troubled economy, ultimately provoking a new bout of the economic crisis worldwide.
Beijing’s possible move to back the yuan with gold would not be meant as a strategic measure to strengthen the national currency and increase its attractiveness as an investment medium. Rather, it would be a flaunt aimed at demonstrating to the world (and to the USA in particular) that China is capable of taking the risks associated with a departure from the dollar standard. Experts warn however that, apart from benefiting no-one, such a decision may actually have catastrophic consequences.