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No currency swap exercised yet between HK, mainland

Updated: 2009-03-06 11:21

BEIJING  -- The mainland and Hong Kong have not been forced to use the currency pool, which is a result of a currency swap agreement between the two sides, China's central governor Zhou Xiaochuan said here Friday.

The Chinese mainland and Hong Kong signed a three-year currency swap deal worth 200 billion yuan (28.6 billion US dollars) on January 20, aimed at helping stabilize Hong Kong's economy and its currency.

"The deal was meant to boost confidence of the two sides in fighting the global financial crisis, and provide bilateral support for each other in case of liquidity shortage," Zhou told a press conference held on the sideline of the parliament's annual session.

"However, the two sides have not been forced to exercise any currency swap so far," he told reporters.

China's central bank had also signed bilateral currency swap agreements with Malaysia and South Korea. The total currency pool, including that with Hong Kong, adds up to 460 billion yuan (67.3 billion USdollars).

An editorial of the People's Daily has called on China's top political advisory body to made due contributions to help the country weather through difficulties.