Xinhua reported that the US Treasury Department published a report acknowledging that China did not manipulate its RMB currency. Obama took a strong position at the beginning of his presidency, claiming China did manipulate the RMB. The new report indicated that his administration is loosening its position. However, the United States is still maintaining a double-standard on currency policy. Compared to the RMB’s over 21% appreciation over the US Dollar in the past several years, the US Dollar’s rapid devaluation is more alarming, but the US government is keeping quiet about it. The newly published report still believes the RMB is undervalued, an indication that the United States is still playing the currency card to apply pressure on China.
Source: Xinhua, October 16, 2009.