The Ministry of Finance said Wednesday it will start selling 32.09 billion yuan (5.18 billion U.S.dollars) of seven-year book-entry treasury bonds on Thursday.

The bonds, the 10th batch of its kind to be floated this year, carry a fixed interest rate of 3.14 percent and will be sold to the public from June 7-11, the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

The bonds will become tradable on June 13 through the national inter-bank bond market and over the counter at designated commercial banks.

The ministry said interest will be calculated from the day of purchase and paid annually, with the principal and final interest paid upon maturity on June 7, 2019.

The internationalization of the renminbi is the will of the market rather than a government-backed move, People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan was quoted as saying on Monday.

It is the result of the growing power of the nation and its financial market boom ... though there is still much to do considering the low level of development and openness, Zhou said in an interview with China Business News.

According to Zhou, China needs to continue removing restrictions on transactions such as settlement only in hard currencies, and further open the nation's financial market.

In general, we should do our homework, and let the market decide which currency should be used, he said.

But what we can say is this, the renminbi has the potential to become a more globally accepted currency, he added.

Echoing Zhou's comments, a statement from the State Council said last week that the country will speed up the opening of its financial market, including allowing qualified foreign institutions to invest in China with the yuan, and expanding the use of the yuan in overseas markets, such as cross-border settlement, and as an international reserve currency.

Meanwhile, the country will encourage domestic banks to develop overseas businesses, to support the internationalization of Chinese enterprises, and allow high-quality foreign financial institutions to participate in the reform of their Chinese counterparts, the statement said.

The acceptance of the renminbi as an international currency has been proven by the fast expansion of the currency globally in recent years, said Ding Zhijie, dean of the School of Banking and Finance with the University of International Business and Economics.

Acceptance of a currency in the global market is related to convenience, and its ability to hold its value, said Li Jing, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

However, the majority of trade settlement in the renminbi was still made in imports, while most exporters continue to receive US dollars, resulting in a continuous increase in the foreign exchange reserve, said Li.

To further the internationalization of the currency, China should consider opening its capital account, Ding said.

Talking about opening the capital account, the first thought that comes to mind is capital outflow, Ding said.

In fact, a better environment will enhance the market's confidence in the Chinese economy, and encourage investors to return, he said.

Opening the capital account may also increase pressure for the renminbi's appreciation, but it may not be serious at the moment, he added.

While China promotes financial reforms and the internationalization of its currency, pressure on the country's fast-growing foreign exchange reserve will be eased.

China's international balance sheet will continue to report a surplus in both the current and capital accounts, but the volume will decline sharply, says a statement from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

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