China's central bank vows to stabilize economy in 2022
Yi Gang, governor of People's Bank of China, speaks at a forum in Beijing on October 21, 2020. /CFP

Yi Gang, governor of People's Bank of China, speaks at a forum in Beijing on October 21, 2020. /CFP

China's central bank will offer more support to the real economy in 2022 to stabilize the country's economy, said Yi Gang, governor of People's Bank of China (PBOC), Xinhua reported on Tuesday. 

Faced with falling demand, supply issues and weakening expectation, China's economy is under short-term downturn pressure and keeping stability is a must, he said, echoing the tone set by the annual Central Economic Work Conference held earlier this month. 

The PBOC will ensure the prudent monetary policy is also flexible and appropriate, and keep ample liquidity, Yi said in the interview with Xinhua. 

With the average interest rate of corporate loans below 5 percent this year, the lowest ever recorded, the central bank will continue to encourage refinancing to small businesses and increase the quota as necessary, he said. 

Moreover, the central bank will issue the first batch of low-cost loans to financing institutions by the end of this year to enable carbon emissions cuts, as a part of PBOC's task to support carbon neutrality. 

In November, the central bank announced new green tools, including offering 60 percent of the loan principal taken out by financial institutions for carbon emission cuts, with a 1.75-percent one-year lending rate. 

The move is in line with China's promises to achieve an emission peak before 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060.

The governor also reiterated that financial risks are under control and the market expectation for the property market has been improved. 

The shareholders of companies and local authorities should share the responsibility of risk events, he said.

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