Originally Posted by gotplastic
Not big news actually, it's been expected and widely written on. They did it because they are the 'safe haven' currency and want to limit the rise in their currency. By tying it to the euro and intentionally devalueing it on purpose it restores the strength of currency for visiting tourists, exports, etc... The dollar is still in trouble, but this is not a big deal.
This is what I was going to post, but you did it much more intelligently.