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China, Pakistan extend currency swap deal

Updated: May 25,2018 9:19 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — The People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, said on May 24 it had extended a currency swap agreement with the State Bank of Pakistan.

The swap is sized at 20 billion yuan ($3.1 billion) or 351 billion Pakistani rupees, according to a statement from the bank.

The two parties believe the extension will facilitate bilateral trade and investment to help economic development in the two countries.

Valid for three years, the agreement can be extended upon mutual consent.

A currency swap deal allows two institutions to exchange payments in one currency for equivalent amounts in the other to facilitate bilateral trade settlements and provide liquidity support to financial markets.