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PBOC to strictly regulate trading, internet finance

Updated: Jul 26,2017 9:17 AM

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said in a statement on July 25 that it would strictly regulate financial trading and strengthen the regulation of internet finance.

Chinese policymakers are looking to control risks in what regulators have called “chaotic” financial markets.

The PBOC said China will step up coordinated supervision over its systemically important financial institutions and financial infrastructure.

The PBOC statement followed an internal meeting at the central bank led by Governor Zhou Xiaochuan.

President Xi Jinping said last week that the central bank would take on a bigger role in supervising the financial sector, though few details are known of a financial stability committee planned to be set up.

Analysts have interpreted statements concerning the need to clean up the financial sector as a sign that monetary policy tightening will continue.

However, the central bank on July 25 reiterated that it will maintain appropriate credit growth and keep liquidity basically stable, while lowering financing costs to the “real economy”.