Wen: Keep the renminbi exchange rate stable

By Hu Yuanyuan (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2009-03-13 11:49

China will keep the renminbi's exchange rate basically stable despite the falling exports, Premier Wen Jiabao said today at the press conference after the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) closed.

"As for renminbi's exchange rate (in the future), my answer is that it will be stable at a reasonable and balanced level with no big swings," Wen said.

Renminbi has appreciated 21 percent against dollar since July of 2005 when China embarked on the exchange rate reform. It has traded in a tight range in the past several months, at around 6.83 to 6.84 per dollar.

"This is our independent decision and we will not be subject to any outside pressure on the appreciation or deprecation of renminbi," Wen added.

In fact, because of the depreciation of major Europe and Asia currencies, renminbi has appreciated a lot in the past year and thus making China’s exports even more difficult.