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China's yuan ousts dollar to become most-traded currency in Moscow in 2023

Section: Daily Dispatches

By Elena Fabrichnaya and Alexander Marrow
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

MOSCOW -- The Moscow Exchange trading volume in Chinese yuan surpassed that of the U.S. dollar in 2023, the Kommersant daily reported today, as Moscow pursues a de-dollarisation strategy in the face of Western sanctions on its financial system.

Moscow is becoming increasingly dependent on Beijing and the "no limits" partnership between the two countries, having increased energy supplies to China and stepped up purchases of Chinese goods from cars to smartphones as European and U.S. brands left the Russian market over Russia's actions in Ukraine.

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Yuan trading accounted for almost 42% of all foreign currency traded on Moscow Exchange with the volume in 2023 more than tripling year on year to 34.15 trillion roubles ($391.5 billion), Kommersant reported, citing Moscow Exchange data.

The dollar's share stood at 39.5%, with a volume of 32.49 trillion roubles, down from 49.90 trillion roubles in 2022 and a more than 63% share. Yuan trading accounted for a 13% share in 2022. ...

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