In recent years, economists worldwide argued that
Discuss the implications of a revaluation of the Chinese yuan (RMB) on
This paper argues that, as an increasingly dominant trading partner for
Most importantly, because
Inflation is defined as a persistent and sustained increase in the general price level, and can be divided into demand-pull and cost-push inflation. In this case, cost-push inflation in terms of imported inflation would result from a revaluation of the yuan.
Yet, it has to be argued that the problem is that
The balance of payments refers to the accounting record of all monetary transactions between a country and the rest of the world, and can be classified into the different components of the current account, capital account, financial account, and (statistical) balancing item. There could be a trade deficit for
First, potential growth could be hampered due to the rising input costs from goods we buy from
Furthermore, if Singapore’s exports are affected because unit costs have risen due to imported inflation because Singapore uses foreign inputs to produce exports, as argued earlier, then X might fall in the long run, and also cause actual growth to slow down. Hence, potentially a rise in the yuan could potentially and possibly lead to both lack of potential and actual growth for
However, that seems unlikely in the intermediate term given the global financial crisis and recent Eurozone crises and the concomitant recessions worldwide. Fortunately, as long as the Monetary Authority of Singapore allows an appreciation of SGD, ahead of the revalued yuan, the adverse impact of the revaluation on
In conclusion, the implications of a revaluation of the yuan on the Singapore economy are most likely negative overall, but Singapore has the appropriate policy tools in exchange rates and monetary policy to manage and mitigate these impacts and will use them if need be. Hence, to a large extent, the discretionary powers of the MAS would be useful in mitigating the effects of a revaluation in the yuan.