Fuelling a new world money supply

Mark Braund: for a global reserve currency to work, it must be backed by a resource we want people to use less, like carbon.

A paper written ahead of the recent G20 summit by Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the Chinese central bank, caused quite a stir. Zhou called for the establishment of a global reserve currency, a step which would firmly tip the balance of economic power in the direction of emerging economies like China and India, but would also bring benefits to poorer nations in the developing world.

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