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Chinese banks record expansion in external assets

Updated: Mar 28,2017 7:05 AM     Xinhua

China’s banking industry witnessed an expansion in external financial assets in the fourth quarter last year, official data showed on March 27.

External financial assets of Chinese banks, excluding the central bank, climbed to $877.6 billion by the end of 2016, up from $827.6 by the end of September last year, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE).

Meanwhile, the nation’s banking industry recorded $964.5 billion of external liabilities as of 2016, resulting in net external liabilities of $86.9 billion, down from $152 billion of net external liabilities three months ago, said SAFE.

By December, $670.5 billion of external financial assets of Chinese banks were deposits and loans, while $95.2 billion were bond investment and $111.9 billion were other assets, including equities.

SAFE started publishing external financial assets and liabilities banking data for the first time in March 2016.

The data reflect foreign-related business operations of China’s banking industry as well as the global allocation of their assets and liabilities, which is important for improving statistical transparency and monitoring cross-border capital flows.