U.S. and China Foreign Exchange Reserves, Monthly 1993-2011
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China’s foreign exchange reserves and U.S. foreign exchange reserves, presented monthly from January 1993 to March 2011. Total reserves (excluding gold), including foreign exchange, reserve position with the IMF and SDRs at end-period. Line 1l.d in the IFS. From the International Monetary Fund (IMF) International Financial Statistics.
China’s total currency reserves rose to almost $3.2 trillion in April, up 5 percent from March, according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics. About two-thirds of those currency reserves (“the world’s largest by a wide margin,” according to the Financial Times) are estimated to be in dollar-denominated assets. (China won’t reveal the composition of its foreign reserve holdings.)
Updated July 20, 2011