China says it’s now signed $582.3 billion worth of global currency settlement agreements that will exclusively utilize the yuan.
According to a new report from the Chinese state-backed outlet China Daily, the country’s central bank has inked deals with more than 40 countries and regions since 2016.
As for the countries involved in the pacts, China highlights Russia, Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
China says its moves are designed to boost the yuan’s role in international trade and circumvent the need to depend on the US dollar.
“There is a need to promote cross-border yuan settlement to make bilateral trade more efficient and boost the yuan’s internationalization process…
To be sure, cross-border trade settlement in the yuan will reduce many countries’ dependence on the US dollar.”
China says direct settlement in the yuan will also shield countries against the “weaponized dollar”, pointing to sanctions levied against Russia in the aftermath of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.