Yi Xiaozhun says the currency has been turned into a political issue
According to BBC News, allowing the yuan to strengthen against the dollar would hurt the Chinese economy in the short-term.
If yuan strengthens against the dollar, the Chinese firms or international firms in China will have difficult time exporting their products to foreign markets. Because Chinese economy and growth is heavily depended on its exports to foreign markets, especially US market, it is resentful toward the appreciation of yuan against US dollar.
The minister Yi Xiaozhun argued that if yuan value rises, the Chinese economy would suffer short-term economic depression. China has already experienced its first ever trade deficit of $7.2bn and if the appreciation of yuan takes place, this trade deficit would be aggravated. Some experts say that this could be a short-term phenomenon due to unplanned importing, however, it could be a serious problem for Chinese economy if yuan appreciates.
In sum, China will suffer economic depression if its currency, yuan, rises against US dollar. Thus, even if United States politically, diplomatically pressures China, China will never give up due to this its pivotal role in Chinese economy.