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Chinese banks see net forex sales in July

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-08-20 11:23
A teller counts and arranges dollar notes at an Agricultural Bank of China branch in Qionghai, South China's Hainan province. [Photo/China Daily]

BEIJING - Chinese commercial banks saw net foreign exchange sales in July and cross-border capital flows have remained basically stable, the country's forex regulator said Friday.

Chinese lenders bought $168.3 billion worth of foreign currencies and sold $177.6 billion worth last month, resulting in net sales of $9.4 billion, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) said in a statement.

In the first seven months, the banks recorded a net forex purchase of $4.4 billion.

The SAFE said supply and demand in China's foreign exchange market had remained generally stable, with rational and orderly transactions of market entities.

Earlier data showed China's foreign exchange reserves rose $5.8 billion, or 0.19 percent, from a month earlier to $3.1179 trillion at the end of July.

Despite increasing fluctuations in the international financial market, the Chinese economy has maintained a stable trend, offering fundamental support for the forex market, the SAFE said.

Meanwhile, China has stood firm in reform and opening-up, and with the steady advance of related polices and an improving management framework on capital flows, China will see further resilience in the forex market.

China's economy expanded 6.8 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2018, well above the government's annual growth target of around 6.5 percent.

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