Published on Axis of Logic, by Special Report, Oct 31, 2008.
MOSCOW. (Anatoly Gorev for RIA Novosti) – The recent meeting between Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao, created a financial sensation. Wen said that the two nations could withstand the global financial crisis if they joined forces; Putin urged him to go farther and stop using U.S. dollars in Russian-Chinese settlements.
This idea is nothing new. Russia and China reached a “framework” agreement in November 2007, which was followed by China’s similar agreement with Belarus …
… Suppose we do it; what will be the implications for Russian businesses, how will the new financial and political reality affect their incomes and savings?
Marinchenko is convinced of a beneficial impact. According to Marinchenko, once the ruble is recognized as a settlement unit, it will enjoy growing demand with Chinese companies and individuals. The Russian currency will consequently grow stronger and more influential globally.
Russia will also become immune to many shocks from stock market meltdowns and won’t have to fear future devaluation or revaluation of the ruble. It will happen because the role of the U.S. dollar, which has earned a reputation as an unstable and unreliable currency lately, will be much less important. (full text).