OREANDA-NEWS After the announcement of the refusal of the division of the Chinese Bank of China to work with sanctioned banks, the yuan exchange rate against the ruble began to decline sharply. At a minimum, according to the Moscow Exchange, it reached 11.71 rubles (minus 2.8 percent).

According to analysts at Savings Investments, the reason was a reduction in demand for the Chinese currency, as individual bidders began to fear potential problems with access to the yuan. If the trend continues, the ruble may strengthen further, writes RBC.

According to media reports, the settlement business of the Bank of China subsidiary was mainly tied to payments in yuan between Russia and China, and it accounted for a significant part of the payment traffic. Now Russian companies will have to look for a replacement for this method.

The reason for this decision was the latest US sanctions against the Russian financial system. In addition to the inclusion of the Moscow Exchange and the National Clearing Center (NCC) in the SDN List, a large number of financial organizations that provided settlements to Russian companies within the framework of foreign trade came under attack.

This step was a continuation of the measures introduced in December last year. Then, due to the threat of secondary sanctions, the Chinese Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), China Construction Bank (CCB) and the parent organization Bank of China refused to cooperate with Russian counterparties. At the same time, payments were not made in dollars and euros, as well as in yuan.