The People's Bank of China fixed the yuan's mid-point CNY=SAEC versus the dollar at 6.5997 on Thursday, at a record high for the second day ahead of a visit to the United States by Chinese President Hu Jintao on Jan. 18-21.

 Mid-point  Previous day's mid-point  Previous day's close
 6.5997                    6.6128                  6.6038

The PBOC issues mid-point data through the Shanghai-based interbank market, the China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS), on the market's website, www.chinamoney.com.cn.

The yuan may rise or fall 0.5 percent against the dollar from its mid-point each day.