Russia to sell debt in Chinese yuan as Washington weaponizes dollar
The yuan bonds are expected to be issued by the end of the year or early next year, marking the first time that Russia issues its sovereign debt in the Chinese currency, officially called renminbi. While the two trade partners have been planning the move since 2016, it has been postponed several times.
Now the global political landscape has changed for both Russia and China, pushing the two nations into a closer partnership, Aleksandr Bakhtin, investment strategist with Premier BCS, explained to RT in an interview. He said that while both countries –as well as many other global players– are concerned about “the dollar hegemony,” the launch of the yuan bond would be good means to resist it.Also on rt.com New anti-Russia sanctions lack previous vigor as 'US is too busy with China'
“It’s a step towards de-dollarization,” the analyst told RT, adding that it will take much more time to fully shift away from the greenback. “Secondly, it’s an additional bridge between us and the Chinese investors.”
As trade tensions between China and the US escalate, Washington can use other economies’ reliance on the dollar as leverage. That’s why China is looking for additional financial instruments, according to Bakhtin.
Russia has not been spared from the US sanctions. Restrictions that came into force in August prohibit US banks from certain types of engagement in the Russian sovereign debt market, among other measures.Also on rt.com Russia & China set to double trade turnover to $200 billion in 5 years
While Moscow currently has enough foreign investors ready to buy government bonds, it is still interested in extending its list of foreign creditors. As Chinese investors do not buy Russia’s ruble-denominated bonds, the launch of the yuan bonds would give them an opportunity to invest in Russian state debt.
However, the new bond in the Chinese currency will not change anything in the short-term, but rather will have a long term impact, as it “lays the groundwork” for future investment, the analyst stressed.
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