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China’s Central Bank Increased the Required Reserve Ratio

On October 11, 2010, China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, notified six banks that it will increase the required reserve ratio for them by 50 basis points. The six banks include the four major state-owned banks and 2 publicly traded banks, China Merchants Bank and China Minsheng Bank. “The market anticipates this action will only last for 2 months. The main purpose is to react to the high number of new loans that banks issued in September of this year.”

Governor Zhou Xiaochuan said that there hasn’t been enough evidence to show that the quantitative tools that the central bank adopts, including reserve ratio and open market operation to absorb liquidity, cannot meet the goal of controlling inflation.

Source: China Review News, October 12, 2010

[Ed: China Review News is a Hong Kong based Chinese government news agency with a focus on international affairs.]