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China’s yuan ousts dollar to become most traded currency in Moscow in 2023 -January 16, 2024 at 10:12 am EST


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MOSCOW, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The Moscow Exchange
trading volume in Chinese yuan surpassed that of the U.S. dollar
in 2023, the Kommersant daily reported on Tuesday, as Moscow
pursues a de-dollarisation strategy in the face of Western
sanctions on its financial system.

Moscow is becoming increasingly dependent on Beijing and the
“no limits” partnership between the two countries, having
increased energy supplies to China and stepped up purchases of
Chinese goods from cars to smartphones as European and U.S.
brands left the Russian market over Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Yuan trading accounted for almost 42% of all foreign
currency traded on Moscow Exchange with the volume in 2023 more
than tripling year on year to 34.15 trillion roubles ($391.5
billion), Kommersant reported, citing Moscow Exchange data.

The dollar’s share stood at 39.5%, with a volume of 32.49
trillion roubles, down from 49.90 trillion roubles in 2022 and a
more than 63% share. Yuan trading accounted for a 13% share in
2022.

The exchange declined to provide Reuters with the data.

Unable to trade in what Moscow now considers “unfriendly”
currencies like dollars and euros, Russia is seeking to foster
trade elsewhere.

China’s use of yuan to buy Russian commodities has sharply
increased. China’s 2023 two-way trade with Russia hit a record
$240 billion, Chinese customs data showed last week, up 26.3%
from a year earlier.

Russia has ramped up imports invoiced in yuan.
Over-the-counter trading of the Emirati dirham and Indian rupee
has also grown significantly, although exchange trading in those
currencies has not yet been launched.
($1 = 87.2290 roubles)
(Reporting by Elena Fabrichnaya; Writing by Alexander Marrow;
Editing by Alexandra Hudson)



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