BOAO FORUM-Business leaders comment on yuan appreciation

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BOAO, China, April 10 (BestGrowthStock) – China is coming under
mounting international pressure to let its currency, the yuan,
resume its appreciation after a 21-month hiatus.

Western leaders complain the currency is undervalued, giving
China an unfair edge in exports and skewing global trade
balances. Allowing the currency to appreciate would benefit
Chinese importers by making the goods they buy from overseas
cheaper, but would make Chinese exports more expensive.

Here’s what business leaders from top Chinese and global
companies were saying about the potential resumption of yuan
appreciation at the Boao Forum taking place from Thursday to
Sunday on southern China’s tropical Hainan island.

ZHANG YAQIN, CORPORATE VP, MICROSOFT

“The world is so intertwined that companies like Microsoft
are making a lot of investments, especially in R&D, in China. We
manufacture things like the Xbox from China and export to the
rest of the world, so when there is a yuan appreciation,
obviously that will add to costs. That will make the price of
the product higher and the U.S. customer will have to pay more.
So I don’t understand how that will balance the deficit.”

RICHARD YORKE, CEO, HSBC BANK (CHINA) CO LTD

“I don’t think (a return to yuan appreciation) would have a
major impact in terms of our business. The key thing is that …
there is an increase in dialogue between the various parties
involving in this matter. That is important. If anything is good
for China it is going to be good for our business.”

PAN SHIYI, CHAIRMAN, SOHO CHINA

“This of course is good news for us (if the yuan
appreciates) because all of our assets are based on yuan. The
company also has a HK$2.8 billion convertible bond. An
appropriate appreciation of yuan will be positive to both the
economy of China and the United States. Appropriate means a
gradual rise.”

FRED HU, FORMER CHINA PARTNER, GOLDMAN SACHS

“We are not talking about earthshaking changes but only
returning to the pre-crisis, elastic system of a managed float,
linking with a basket of currencies.”

“Under a fixed exchange rate, the central bank basically has
no room to raise interest rates. In this situation, if the U.S.
does not raise interest rates but China does, expectations of
yuan appreciation will increase. China’s Central Bank could only
adjust interest rates based on domestic needs if the foreign
exchange rate is elastic.”

TINA LO, MANAGING DIRECTOR, INDUSTRIAL BANK OF TAIWAN

“I think the yuan is like to rise gradually, and there
should be some action this year. Since the yuan is heading for a
rising trend, the sooner the better for us to find good projects
and make investments. But we would not invest blindly.”

“Foreign exchange risk is just one of the factors to be
considered before making an investment and that would not deter
us from investing in China.”

XU XIAONIAN, PROFESSOR, CHINA EUROPE INT’L BUSINESS SCHOOL

“I think in the economic circles there is a consensus that
China should have a more flexible foreign exchange rate policy,
there is no disagreement on that. We don’t care about what
others say but for our best interest we should have a more
flexible foreign exchange rate policy. Let the currency goes
where the market forces are driving it to.”

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BOAO FORUM-Business leaders comment on yuan appreciation