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China’s central bank to cut RRR for a fourth time

MORE CREDIT:The move, an attempt to lessen the impact of US tariffs, should not result in pressure being placed on the yuan, the People’s Bank of China said

AFP, BEIJING

China’s central bank yesterday announced that it would reduce the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for most banks by one percentage point, the fourth time this year the country has sought to free up credit for businesses as they face down US$250 billion in US tariffs.

The move to cut the amount of cash that most commercial and foreign banks must hold in reserve, to repay loans obtained via the central bank’s medium-term lending facility, is to take effect on Oct. 15.

DEVELOPMENT GOAL

The decision is intended to “further encourage the stable development of the real economy, optimize the liquidity structure of commercial banks and financial markets, lower financing costs, and to continue increasing the financial systems’ efforts to support small businesses, private enterprise and innovation,” the People’s Bank of China said in a statement.

‘PRUDENT’ POLICY

The move will be used to pay down 450 billion yuan (US$65.5 billion) of medium-term lending facilities, it said, adding that it could also free up another 750 billion yuan in funds.

The move is not expected to put depreciatory pressure on the yuan, the statement said, adding that the bank would continue to maintain a “prudent and neutral” monetary policy.

It is the fourth such move this year, as China seeks to blunt the economic effect of US President Donald Trump’s imposition of tariffs on US$250 billion of Chinese goods, roughly half of the country’s exports to the US.

The Asian Development Bank says China’s economy is expected to expand at an annual pace of 6.6 percent this year, but slow to 6.3 percent next year.

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