U.S. Treasury removes designation of China as currency manipulator

U.S. Treasury removes designation of China as currency manipulator
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By Andrea Shalal and Alexandra Alper By Andrea Shalal and Alexandra Alper WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday dropped its designation of China as a currency manipulator days before top officials of the world’s two largest economies were due to sign a preliminary trade agreement to ease an 18-month tariff war. The widely expected decision came in a long-delayed semi-annual currency report, reversing an unexpected move made last August by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the height of U.S.-China trade tensions. These photos of Trump and Ivanka will make you deeply uncomfortable 16 Pictures Mnuchin had accused China of deliberately holding down the value of its yuan to create an unfair trade advantage, just hours after President Donald Trump, angered at the lack of progress in trade negotiations, had also accused China of manipulating its currency. The Treasury Department had not labeled China a currency manipulator since 1994. Beijing had recently met just one of the department’s three criteria needed for such a designation – a large bilateral trade surplus with the United States. In its latest report, the Treasury said that as part of the Phase 1 trade deal, China had made "enforceable commitments to refrain from competitive devaluation" and agreed to publish relevant data on exchange rates and external balances. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He arrived in Washington on Monday for a White House ceremony to sign the trade deal with Trump. People familiar with the negotiations had said that although the manipulator designation […]

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