Chinese banks' forex settlement deficit narrows in December
China's commercial banks reported a drop in their forex settlement deficit in December, official data showed.
Forex purchases by banks stood at 1.14 trillion yuan (US$167.7 billion) last month, while sales reached 1.19 trillion yuan, resulting in a deficit of 48.8 billion yuan, according to data from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.
This narrowed from a November deficit of 124.1 billion yuan, according to SAFE data.
The Chinese banks' forex settlement deficit hit US$56 billion in 2018, shrinking 50 percent from 2017.
"The figures show that cross-border capital flows remain generally stable, while forex market supply and demand are basically balanced," said SAFE spokesperson Wang Chunying.
She said the country's forex market had remained stable despite a complex environment last year and would maintain the trend in 2019.