The U.S. Treasury removed the People’s Republic of China from the ‘currency manipulator’ list after Beijing made “enforceable commitments” not to devalue the yuan and agreed to publish exchange-rate information.
The change in the U.S. stance was outlined in the U.S. Treasury Department’s semiannual foreign-exchange report to Congress. The document was released two days before America and China are set to sign a phase-one trade agreement in the East Room of the White House at 11:30 a.m. in Washington, according to people familiar with the plans.
The document listed no major U.S. trading partner among the 20 economies it monitors for potential manipulation. Switzerland was added to the monitoring list, while China, Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam remained, reported Bloomberg.
“We have been going through a translation process that I think we said was really a technical issue…And people can see. This is a very, very extensive agreement,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, reported Fox News.
“China has made enforceable commitments to refrain from competitive devaluation, while promoting transparency and accountability,“ added Mnuchin in a statement.