China, UK discuss setting up yuan clearing bank in London – Osborne | Reuters

The British and Chinese governments are in active discussions about setting up a clearing bank in London for China’s currency, a milestone that will put the city in a leading position to offer yuan trade business in Europe.

British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne listens to a question after his speech during a breakfast meeting held by the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Taking a leaf out of Hong Kong’s blueprint in being the leading offshore yuan hub after the establishment of Bank of China (Hong Kong) as a clearing bank, the authorities are pressing ahead with having one for the city of London.

The move will help expand the Chinese currency‘s footprint beyond Hong Kong, where more than 80 percent of yuan trade settlement transactions are handled and foster greater confidence among European companies to adopt the yuan, also known as the renminbi, as a currency for trade.

“The UK and Chinese governments are in active discussions now about the appointment of a RMB clearing bank in London, recognising London’s role as the Western centre of offshore RMB

via China, UK discuss setting up yuan clearing bank in London – Osborne | Reuters.

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