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China Promises Not to Weaken Yuan, Criticizes US Concern

China promised Tuesday not to weaken its currency to boost exports during a tariff fight with Washington and rejected U.S. concern about the yuan's sagging exchange rate as groundless and irresponsible. Beijing has no intention of using "competitive devaluation," said a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang.   A U.S. official told reporters in Washington the Trump administration is concerned about the weakening yuan. The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's trip to Indonesia for meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.   The tightly controlled yuan has lost almost 10 percent of its value against the dollar this year. That prompted suggestions Beijing might weaken the currency to help exporters that face punitive U.S. tariffs of up to 25 percent.   However, the decline also threatens to damage the Chinese economy by encouraging capital to flow out of the world's second-largest economy,...

 

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