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Trade war

Beijing pushes envelope with 7-yuan-to-dollar reference rate

Market holds breath as China's central bank tests room to cushion tariff blow

HONG KONG -- China's central bank set its daily yuan reference rate at 7.0039 to the dollar Thursday, crossing the 7 line for the first time in roughly 11 years and signaling resolve even as the U.S. cries foul over the weakening currency.

Market participants speculate that Beijing may keep pushing the rate to around 7.2 to 7.3 so as to alleviate the impact of the next round of American tariffs.

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