Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, spent his trip to Singapore yesterday expressing concern over the fall in the US$. ‘“We have never been experiencing such big pressure. We are worried about how to preserve the value of our reserves,’ he said.
In a separate interview, Mr Wen then went further, stating ‘We will increase the flexibility of the renminbi exchange rate and gradually achieve its convertibility on the capital account’.
Clearly Mr Wen is amongst those who have woken up to the rules of ‘Beggar my Neighbour’ that I described yesterday, when commenting on currency markets. It will be worth watching closely to see if, and by how much, the renminbi starts to rise in the next few weeks.