.contact us |.about us
News > Business News ...
Bank to keep RMB rate stable
( 2003-08-06 07:08) (China Daily)

China will keep the exchange rate of its currency stable in the second half of this year, the central People's Bank of China (PBOC) said yesterday.

The country will "continue to maintain the basic stability of the renminbi exchange rate'' and will further improve the mechanism through which the rate is formed on the basis of the existing market-based, managed floating-rate system, the PBOC said in its second-quarter monetary-policy report released yesterday.

The central bank's rhetoric was unchanged from its usual stance and was the latest government response towards growing international pressure to revalue the currency, also known as the yuan.

The United States, Japan and South Korea have called on China to let the renminbi appreciate. They said the currency is undervalued and is increasingly making China's exports cheaper as the US dollar -- to which the yuan is pegged -- keeps weakening.

The Chinese Government has said it will improve the rate-forming mechanism and will allow the yuan to float in a broader range but it has given no timetable for doing so.

The central bank noted that, in the remainder of this year, the upward pressure on the renminbi is likely to rise further as the slow recovery of the world economy may trigger broader trade protectionism. A United Nations report on June 25 predicted the world economy would grow by 2.25 per cent this year, slightly faster than the 2 per cent recorded last year.

The Chinese bank's report said: "The slow growth in the world economy is likely to further reinforce the international propensity for trade protectionism, which will constrain increases in China's exports and heighten the pressure for the renminbi to appreciate.''

The PBOC has already been scaling up purchases of mounting US dollar excesses in the market, largely as a result of strong export rises, to keep the yuan within its usual trading band of 8.2760 to 8.2800.

Such dollar purchases have translated into fast-growing supplies of renminbi and have pushed China's money supply to levels where the likelihood of serious inflation becomes a possibility, though a remote one.

The central bank also reiterated that it would maintain "a prudent monetary policy'' to support economic growth, although the growth of the broad money supply M2, which covers cash in circulation and all deposits, had quickened to 20.8 per cent in the first half of this year from 16.8 per cent last year.

But it called attention to the rapid rises in loans this year and said it would further examine the causes behind them.

  Today's Top News   Top Business News
+Investors encouraged to buy big state firms
( 2003-11-12)
+Focus: Internet brings life revolution
( 2003-11-12)
+Deflation, not inflation, in the wind
( 2003-11-12)
+Nuke talks possible before year's end
( 2003-11-12)
+Women graduates face hurdles in tight job market
( 2003-11-12)
+China stands out in Volkswagen's global sales
( 2003-11-12)
+Li Rongrong: State share sales will be delayed
( 2003-11-12)
+Hainan Airline auctions tickets on Web
( 2003-11-12)
+Demand for electronics fuels air cargo growth
( 2003-11-12)
+GE to supply engines for Boeing China jets
( 2003-11-12)
  Go to Another Section  
  Article Tools  
  Related Articles  

+Keeping cool towards foreign calls to appreciate RMB

+China should remain rational toward calls to revaluate RMB: experts

+Bond issue to lessen stress on rising yuan

+Offshore centre to boost HK status

+Yuan appreciation would 'worsen job situation'

+Minister of Commerce: RMB to remain stable

+Chinese experts: RMB revaluation unnecessary

+Firm yuan value lure funds back

        .contact us |.about us
  Copyright By chinadaily.com.cn. All rights reserved