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PBOC continues to boost liquidity

Updated: Dec 13,2017 1:32 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s central bank on Dec 13 continued to inject liquidity into the financial system for a third consecutive day through open market operations.

The operations included 70 billion yuan ($10.57 billion) of seven-day reverse repos, with an interest rate of 2.45 percent, and 60 billion yuan of 28-day reverse repos, with an interest rate of 2.75 percent, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said on its website.

Offset by 70 billion yuan of maturing reverse repos, the net injection on Dec 13 stood at 60 billion yuan, the third consecutive day of net injections.

Lending costs between banks have been rising since the beginning of the month, with the overnight Shanghai Interbank Offered Rate rising to 2.79 percent on Dec 13.

The central bank has increasingly relied on open market operations for liquidity management, rather than cuts in interest rates or reserve requirement ratios.

China has vowed to pursue a “prudent and neutral” monetary policy in 2017, apply a full range of policy instruments to maintain basic stability in liquidity and hold interest rates at an appropriate level.