Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Bretton Woods II and ASEAN summit

WSJ: Meeting on the sidelines of a regional gathering in Laos, the leaders of South Korea, Japan and China agreed on the need for exchange-rate stability, according to a statement issued by the South Korean presidential office. A separate meeting of finance-ministry officials from the three countries to discuss the dollar's decline led to an "understanding," though no agreement on any concerted action, South Korean Deputy Finance and Economy Minister Chin Dong Soo told reporters in Seoul.

...South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun met with his counterparts, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan and China's Mr. Wen, on the sidelines of the Asean summit yesterday. A statement from Mr. Roh's office quoted the Korean president as telling Messrs. Koizumi and Wen that "a dramatic change in exchange rates is not appropriate" and that "currency stabilization is important for the economies in this region." According to the statement, Messrs. Koizumi and Wen agreed. The statement paraphrased Mr. Koizumi as saying there should be cooperation and joint efforts among the three countries to stabilize the currencies.

See previous discussion of Bretton Woods II.

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