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PBOC’s turn to target currency manipulators

After regulators last week pledged to root speculators out from the domestic commodity market, this week it was the turn of the People’s Bank to tackle manipulation in the currency market, which it abhors. We suspect though that, as with commodity prices, it will be fundamental forces rather than these campaigns that cause the renminbi to weaken over coming months.
Mark Williams Chief Asia Economist
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