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July 25, 2007

Yuan climbs to another record high against US dollar
China's currency, the yuan, hit a new high against the U.S. dollar on July 25, according to the Chinese Foreign Exchange Trading System.

The central parity rate of the yuan, also known as Renminbi (RMB), stood at 7.5596 yuan to the US dollar, up 129 basis points from Tuesday's 7.5725 yuan to one dollar

It is the 54th time that the yuan's value hit a record this year, and also the highest rate since the yuan was revalued by 2.1% from 8.28 yuan in July 2005.

The yuan has climbed 2,491 basis points from 7.8087 on the last trading day of 2006, and the value of the yuan has increased by 7.28% since the country discontinued the yuan''s peg to the dollar.

Analysts said the quicker pace of yuan's appreciation was closely related to the central bank''s announcement to raise the benchmark interest rates on July 20.

The yuan is also under pressure of further appreciation with US Treasury Secretary Paulson's visit to China at the end of this week, as the flexibility of the yuan will be the focus of the discussion between the two sides.

The yuan''s value has been fluctuating within a small range after it breached the 7.57 mark on July 16. It lost 83 basis points on July 24. Xinhua

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