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China central bank chief reiterates prudent monetary policy for 2018

China will maintain prudent monetary policy and reasonable loan growth in 2018, central bank chief Zhou Xiao-chuan said in comments published yesterday.

In a new year’s message, Governor Zhou was quoted as saying that in 2017 the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) had strengthened macro-economic controls, deepened financial reform, prevented systemic financial risks and promoted finance to serve the real economy.

Bid to maintain reasonable monetary credit

In 2018, the central bank will continue its prudent policy and maintain reasonable monetary credit and social financing growth, Governor Zhou added.

China’s central bank pledged last Friday to maintain its “prudent and neutral” monetary policy and to use policy tools to keep liquidity reasonably stable.

Analysts expect the PBOC to keep policy slightly tight in 2018 – even as that has lifted market rates to multi-year highs – to support a broader deleveraging drive to contain risks in the world’s second-largest economy.

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