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China needs to maintain stable, smooth liquidity conditions in 2017

Xinhua News Agency | Sun,2016-12-25

China should step up macro controls, keep to a prudent monetary policy and optimize policy to ensure stable liquidity, said a commentary in Financial News, a news outlet under China's central bank.

Echoing the economic priorities mapped out during the Central Economic Work Conference, the article stressed the need for a prudent and neutral monetary policy to create an amicable financial environment for supply-side structural reform.

In the face of uncertainty, China's monetary policy must take into account various needs which calls for smoother policy transmission, the commentary noted.

While ensuring proper growth in credit and investment, policymakers need to keep prices stable and manage inflation expectations.

New macro-control tools and fine-tuning are needed, with more targeted measures to address structural imbalance, the article said, ruling out any "strong stimulus."

Market-oriented reform should proceed in the financial sector, the commentary said.

In 2016, instead of cutting interest rates, other tools such as the medium-term lending facility were used to offset capital outflow and expand the balance sheet to manage liquidity.

In the tone-setting Central Economic Work Conference earlier this month, China pledged to keep monetary policy "prudent and neutral" in 2017, and stressed the need to ensure stable liquidity, pointing to the new changes in the use of money supply tools. 


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