US Scholars Uneasy About Russia and China Dumping Dollar

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DC scholars seem concerned about consistent Russo-Chinese de-dollarization efforts as more than 90% of mutual payments between the two are now being carried out in their respective currencies.The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft’s Maya Krainc has drawn attention to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s notion that Russia and China have nearly completely stopped using the greenback in mutual trade.Russia and China are completing the de-dollarization of bilateral economic relations, with more than 90% of mutual payments made in national currencies, Lavrov emphasized on Monday during the 42nd meeting of the Council of Heads of Subjects of the Russian Federation.The minister pointed out that Russo-Chinese cooperation in energy, agriculture, industry and investment is steadily advancing despite the West’s attempts to throw a wrench in the works.Moscow has repeatedly condemned Western countries for using the US dollar as a weapon and deliberately destroying established supply chains and trade ties via unilateral sanctions.”Aside from reducing dependency on the Western-dominated global currency, these de-dollarization efforts allow Russia and China to avoid the myriad sanctions now preventing Moscow from doing business on the international market,” wrote Krainc.EconomyOne in Three UN Countries Are Opting For De-Dollarization5 January, 12:11 GMTShe referred to the fact that Western sanctions have actually “helped” Moscow and Beijing to significantly enhance their mutual trade since 2022, which increased 26% to $240 billion in 2023.In addition to closing ranks with China, Russia has stepped up efforts to boost Eurasia’s connectivity, continued the scholar, citing the nation’s two new transport routes: the Russia-Caspian Sea-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan corridor and the Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan corridor.The aforementioned Eurasian routes are part of Russia’s broader project to link the countries of the Caspian Basin, the Persian Gulf, and Central, South and Southeast Asia via the international North-South Transport Corridor.”The newly announced routes would similarly allow Russia to bypass sanctions and access Asian markets,” Krainc noted.EconomyDC Scholars Realize De-Dollarization Trend Unstoppable28 May 2023, 18:39 GMTBy boosting Eurasia’s infrastructural projects and improving connectivity Russia looks to ensure its economic development and access to rapidly growing Asian markets, thus compensating for the loss of its market share in the West. What’s more, these new and deepened trade ties will most likely see a spike in local currency settlement, thus further fuelling de-dollarization.Last March, the Quincy Institute’s scholars presumed that the de-dollarization trend seems to be “unstoppable”, stressing that it has gained momentum since the Biden administration’s decision to slap unprecedented sanctions on Russia and unplug it from the global financial system. Washington’s move served as a wake-up call for many emerging economies that started to seek an alternative to the greenback.The passage of a hefty foreign aid bill allowing Team Biden to seize Russian state assets in the United States and use these funds for Kiev’s benefit could amplify growing distrust in the US role as a guarantor of the global economy, Sen. Rand Paul warned in his op-ed for QI earlier this year. While just $5 billion out of $300 billion in frozen Russian assets are hosted by the US, the precedent spells danger for both states and individuals who store their money in the Land of the Free, international observers say.AnalysisUS Confiscation of Russian Assets Will ‘Supercharge’ De-Dollarization21 April, 02:02 GMT


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