As one of the world’s top energy importers, China has successfully completed its fifth dry run in yuan-backed oil futures contract trading. The step has been already called Beijing’s challenge to the US dollar.  According to Bloomberg, which cited a statement from the exchange, 149 members of Shanghai International Energy Exchange traded 647,930 lots in the rehearsal with a total value of 268.2 billion yuan. The system met the listing requirements of crude futures after the exercise, it added.

“This contract has the potential to greatly help China’s push for yuan internationalization,” said Yao Wei, chief China economist at Societe Generale in Paris. She added, however, “its success will hinge critically on the degree of freedom allowed for the capital flows related to the contract.”A former China division chief at the International Monetary Fund, Eswar Prasad said: “It is not unreasonable to envision  a world in which the overwhelming share of commodity contracts, especially for oil, are no longer denominated just in dollars.”  READ MORE