Renminbi faces worst drop since summer of 2018 amid mounting concerns over trade dispute

The renminbi’s offshore exchange rate suffered its worst one-day drop since August as trade ructions between the world’s two largest economies lingered into a second week. The offshore renminbi was down as much as 0.9 percent to Rmb6.9402 per dollar as European trading got underway on Monday. The onshore renminbi, which is sanctioned to trade 2 percent either side of a daily midpoint set by China’s central bank, fell over 0.5 percent.

The onshore and offshore flavours of the Chinese currency are trading at their feeblest levels since early January and late December, correspondingly. The weakness in the renminbi develops as the United States and China have failed to achieve a breakthrough on trade tensions, which broke out up anew last week. On Monday China’s CSI 300 share benchmark closed 1.7 percent lower, continuing its decline of approximately 5 percent last week. The US is predicted to lay down a further $300bn of Chinese imports it intends to hit with 25 percent tariffs if there is no improvement in the discussions with Beijing. On Friday it raised duties on an earlier list of $200bn of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent.

Analysts estimated that vulnerability for the renminbi could again put downward pressure the currencies of other export-focused Asian countries, such as South Korea.