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The currency of the People's Republic of China. It was introduced in Communist areas of China in 1948 during the Chinese Civil War, replacing multiple currencies previously in use. For much of its history, it was pegged to the U.S. dollar, which became especially important during the 1980s when China began opening itself to international trade. In 2005, the peg was changed to a currency basket, though the dollar remains important. In 2009, the Chinese government started to signal further dissociation from the dollar, though analysts disagree on how serious such moves are given the amount of dollar debt held by China.