The Global Times recently published a commentary analyzing the power of the U.S. dollar. The commentator indicated that the U.S. dollar’s reserve currency status is being weakened by the Euro, the Japanese Yen and the Chinese RMB. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in the fourth quarter of 2020, the Euro held a 21 percent share in the global central bank currency reserve, which restored it to the same high level of six years ago. At the same time, the U.S. dollar fell to 59 percent, which was a 25-year low. This is the result of the U.S. government borrowing money from the world uncontrollably, and the U.S. Federal Reserve having no bottom line for its quantitative easing. The fact that the Biden Administration’s ambitious infrastructure investment plan kept shrinking its total size is very telling. Even many U.S. economists have said the Federal Reserve is running out of ideas after massively printing money. The U.S. inflation rate is reaching a very high level. This is triggering a global discussion of the need to put an end to the U.S. dollar’s hegemony. The Chinese RMB, with a significant share in the IMF’s SDR, cannot be underestimated, although the RMB has only a two percent share in the global currency reserve. The Euro and the Chinese RMB, via the IMF platform, should increase their weight in the global economy, along with other modern methods, like the digital currency and currency exchange agreements among central banks.
Source: Global Times, May 27, 2021