An excellent take by Jim O’Neill on the framework for People’s Republic of China monetary policy. Should we agree with China replacing Russia on G8…..:
” Many observers have noticed China’s weaker export performance — one cause of the smaller surplus. But the rise in Chinese imports gets less attention. In a new paper for Bruegel, a European think tank, Alessio Terzi and I discuss world trade (which is changing rapidly) and global governance (which isn’t). The paper emphasizes that China’s role as an importer is on the rise. Already, its share of global imports, at roughly 10 percent, is not far short of the U.S. share. The latest data strengthen my belief that by the end of 2015, China may well be the world’s biggest importer of goods and services.
China has successfully moved toward more balanced trade while managing its currency more closely than many would have liked. That ought to command some respect — and the same goes, if you ask me, for the thinking of the Chinese leadership on the pace of reform in domestic finance, and on whether and when the renminbi should be granted a bigger role in global finance. We’ll probably hear more from China on that second issue soon. I think it’s time for the International Monetary Fund to consider including the renminbi as part of the Special Drawing Rights basket. (An updated assessment of the SDR’s role is due by the end of 2015.)
Why not go further? Russia’s actions in Ukraine have prompted the idea that it should be kicked out of the Group of Eight. Maybe that place should be offered to China instead. ”