Definition of yuan
1 the basic monetary unit of China — see money table
2 : the dollar of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
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For each of the program’s first eight years, the government paid Zhang 700 to 800 yuan, just over $100, to plant cedar trees on his small plot of land.
The same design has parents freaking out over a toy crossbow designed to shoot toothpicks that's being manufactured and sold in China for as little as seven yuan, or $1.
Violators of the ban reportedly would have faced risk of arrest and fines up to 100,000 yuan ($14,700).
By contrast, Qingdao’s new policy includes some protections for canines; those who slaughter, abandon, or otherwise mistreat dogs will be subjected to a fine of 2,000 yuan (or $294 USD).
Beijing wants to triple the value of China’s sports sector to 5 trillion yuan ($735 billion) by 2025.
That required Beijing to intervene to keep the yuan in line with the dollar as the greenback rose over the past two years.
Instead, the recent big moves look like warning shots across the bow of speculators considering heavy bets against the yuan, as capital outflows quietly re-emerge and the Federal Reserve strikes an unexpectedly hawkish tone.
Propping up the yuan has been a policy priority this year as Chinese authorities try to stem capital outflows and prevent financial shocks before an important leadership reshuffle in the ruling Communist Party in late 2017.
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Origin and Etymology of yuan
Chinese (Beijing) yuán
First Known Use: 1917See Words from the same year
YUAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of yuan for English Language Learners
: the basic unit of money in China; also : a coin or bill worth one yuan
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