The countries commit to expanding the use of the yuan on the Argentinian market for bilateral trade
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China and Argentina have formalized the expansion of a currency swap deal, Reuters reported on Sunday, citing the Central Bank of Argentina. The step is expected to boost the drained forex reserves of the South American nation.
China is currently Argentina’s second largest trade partner after Brazil, and the second biggest destination for Argentinian exports.
The currency swap agreement allows Argentinian companies that export to China to make settlements in yuan or dollars, which eases the outflow of foreign currency from the central bank.
Argentina’s Central Bank Governor Miguel Pesce and his Chinese counterpart Yi Gang “confirmed that the deal for the swap of currencies between both institutions has been activated and committed to deepening the use of (the Chinese yuan) in the Argentine market,” the statement seen by the news agency reads.