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China to maintain prudent, neutral monetary policy: central bank

Updated: Dec 29,2017 8:48 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China will maintain a prudent and neutral monetary policy while keeping control over the money supply, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said on Dec 29.

The PBOC will endeavor to maintain reasonable growth in credit and social financing and keep appropriate liquidity, it said in a statement issued after a quarterly meeting.

The statement was in line with the Central Economic Work Conference earlier this month.

The PBOC also said it will optimize financing and credit structure by promoting direct financing.

It will improve the “two-pillar” policy framework that includes monetary policy and macro-prudential policy, and advance interest rate and exchange rate reform.

The statement came as China attempts to ensure stable economic growth and liquidity while avoiding the risks accumulated over years of credit binges and lax regulation.

China’s economy is running stable but is confronting with a complex situation, according to the statement.

The global economy is gradually recovering, with recovery in the developed economies largely sustained, but issues remain in some emerging economies and hidden risks lie in international financial markets, the statement said.

The quarterly meeting was chaired by Zhou Xiaochuan, the PBOC governor and chairman of the monetary policy committee.

China’s economy expanded 6.9 percent in the first three quarters, well above the target of around 6.5 percent for the whole year.