The governor of China´s central bank, the People´s Bank of China, Zhou Xiaochuan tried to ease the expected turmoil on the financial markets ahead of their opening after Lunar New Year. Zhou tries to save the few reforms he was able to achieve, says financial expert Victor Shih to Bloomberg.
Zhou dismissed speculation that China plans to tighten capital controls and said there’s no need to worry about a short-term decline in foreign-exchange reserves. The country has ample holdings for payments and to defend stability, he said.
“He’s desperately trying to make sure that all of his work in the past few years on capital liberalization does not go to waste,” said Victor Shih, a professor at the University of California at San Diego who studies China’s politics and finance. “He’s trying hard to instill investor confidence in the renminbi so that the Chinese government does not have to resort to the extreme measure of unwinding all of the progress on offshore renminbi in the past few years.”
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