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Is It Desirable for Asian Economies to Hold More Asian Assets in Their Foreign Exchange Reserves?—The People’s Republic of China’s Answer

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  • Zhang, Bin

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    The author calculates the return on the major Asian currency denominated long-term government bonds in terms of a basket of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) imports of goods and services, namely the real return on those assets from the PRC’s perspective. He shows that it is desirable for the PRC to substitute Asian currency denominated government bonds for US Treasury bills to maintain the purchasing power of its foreign exchange reserves.

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    Paper provided by Asian Development Bank Institute in its series ADBI Working Papers with number 306.

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    Length: 13 pages
    Date of creation: 29 Aug 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:ris:adbiwp:0306

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    Keywords: foreign exchange reserves; currency basket; asian currencies;

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