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20 Nov, 2023 16:15

Russia-China de-dollarization almost complete – deputy PM

95% of trade between the countries is now settled in their national currencies, according to Andrey Belousov
Russia-China de-dollarization almost complete – deputy PM

Western currencies have been almost completely phased out in Russia-China trade, as nearly all payments between the countries are now carried out in rubles and yuan, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov announced on Monday. 

Since the introduction of Western sanctions on Moscow, Russia and China have accelerated the use of their own currencies in trade. According to Belousov, 95% of all transactions between Russia and China are now carried out in one of the countries' national currencies, and given the rapid expansion of mutual trade and cooperation, this percentage is likely to grow.

Speaking at a meeting of the Russia-China intergovernmental commission in Beijing, the deputy prime minister said bilateral trade between the two countries will exceed the target of $200 billion this year, and may reach $300 billion by 2030.

He noted that China has long been among Russia’s major trade partners and that the scope of investment opportunities for the two countries is expanding.

“New joint investment projects are being launched in priority sectors such as the automotive industry, mining and gas chemical industries, agriculture, logistics, IT sector and others,” Belousov said.

Chinese companies have greatly benefited from the pullout of Western companies from the Russian market, as they have been actively filling the gaps and are eager to expand their presence in Russia further.

“The withdrawal of Western companies from Russia has created vast opportunities for Chinese partners to take part in Russia’s in oil and gas, petrochemical and car manufacturing enterprises, as well as companies producing consumer goods, glass products, and construction materials,” Belousov stated.

Russia has largely been supplying China with energy products, such as oil and gas, as well as refined products, agri-food, and industrial products. China has been exporting almost all types of goods, including food, equipment, mobile phones, electronics, engineering products, furniture, toys, textiles, clothing, and footwear.

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