China Review News (CRN) recently reported that the Chinese central bank has started withdrawing RMB 910 billion yuan from the open market. Experts expressed the belief that this is a sign that the Chinese government is tightening up its currency policy. There are three forces behind this move: (1) Since the last quarter of 2012, capital inflow has significantly increased; (2) The interest rate before the Chinese New Year has remained stable, which indicates an ample currency supply; (3) There is an expectation of increased inflation and real estate prices are high. It seems the central bank is attempting to limit the currency supply in order to control the level of money lending activities. However, since the economic recovery is still weak, it may be too early to predict an interest rate hike.
Source: China Review News, March 2, 2013