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Is Asia an Optimum Currency Area? Can It Become One? Regional, Global and Historical Perspectives on Asian Monetary Relations


This conference is one sign of increased interest in collective or cooperative exchange rate arrangements for East Asian countries. A more concrete indication is the announcement in November 1995 by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the central banks of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand of repurchase agreements designed to provide one another with exchange market support.2 In February of this year Hong Kong and Singapore agreed to intervene for the account of the Bank of Japan to help the latter manage the dollar/yen rate. In March the Bank of Japan joined the network of repurchase arrangements (as had Singapore and the Philippines sometime earlier). Against this background it is not surprising that the apostles of European monetary integration have chosen this time to bring their message to Asia

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