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China capital outflows stabilised in Q1 as capital controls bite

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(Reuters) - from eased significantly in the first quarter, with cross border flows becoming more balanced, the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday.

Less pressure from has helped steady the yuan currency this year and brought China's foreign currency reserves back over the closely watched $3 trillion mark.

Expectations for further yuan depreciation have weakened significantly, State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) spokeswoman Wang Chunying told a conference.

Net foreign exchange sales by China's commercial banks fell sharply in the first quarter after policymakers tightened supervision on money leaving the country and as a weaker U.S. dollar took pressure of the yuan and other emerging currencies.

Net sales of foreign exchange by Chinese commercial banks dropped to $40.9 billion in the first quarter, compared with $124.8 billion in the first quarter of 2016 and $337.7 billion in sales last year, SAFE data showed.

The yuan slumped around 6.5 percent against the surging dollar last year, but has firmed nearly 1 percent so far in 2017 at the dollar recoiled, defying -- for now -- many analysts' expectations of further weakness.

China's improving has also helped support the currency even as the U.S. central bank raises interest rates, Wang said. The grew at the strongest pace since mid-2015 in the first quarter.

Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday that market confidence in the yuan has significantly improved, Xinhua agency reported.

Sources told on Wednesday that China's central bank has relaxed some of the curbs on cross-border outflows, the first signs of easing of measures put in place last year as authorities and financial markets feel more confident that pressure on the yuan has eased.

As the yuan fell against the dollar and accelerated late last year, the government stepped up controls, making it harder for individuals and companies to move money out of

Those measures are credited with quashing speculative and helping to stabilise the currency, but have also hampered legitimate as Inc goes more global.

Non-financial outbound direct investment from tumbled 48.8 percent in the first quarter year-on-year, with dealmakers saying many Chinese firms are unable to close deals because they cannot secure official permission to transfer yuan into foreign currency.

will push forward with opening up its account in a prudent and orderly way and will not go back to the old road of controls, Wang said on Thursday.

(Reporting by Kevin Yao and Cheng Fang; Writing by Elias Glenn; Editing by Joseph Radford and Kim Coghill)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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China capital outflows stabilised in Q1 as capital controls bite

BEIJING (Reuters) - Capital outflows from China eased significantly in the first quarter, with cross border capital flows becoming more balanced, the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday.

(Reuters) - from eased significantly in the first quarter, with cross border flows becoming more balanced, the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday.

Less pressure from has helped steady the yuan currency this year and brought China's foreign currency reserves back over the closely watched $3 trillion mark.

Expectations for further yuan depreciation have weakened significantly, State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) spokeswoman Wang Chunying told a conference.

Net foreign exchange sales by China's commercial banks fell sharply in the first quarter after policymakers tightened supervision on money leaving the country and as a weaker U.S. dollar took pressure of the yuan and other emerging currencies.

Net sales of foreign exchange by Chinese commercial banks dropped to $40.9 billion in the first quarter, compared with $124.8 billion in the first quarter of 2016 and $337.7 billion in sales last year, SAFE data showed.

The yuan slumped around 6.5 percent against the surging dollar last year, but has firmed nearly 1 percent so far in 2017 at the dollar recoiled, defying -- for now -- many analysts' expectations of further weakness.

China's improving has also helped support the currency even as the U.S. central bank raises interest rates, Wang said. The grew at the strongest pace since mid-2015 in the first quarter.

Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday that market confidence in the yuan has significantly improved, Xinhua agency reported.

Sources told on Wednesday that China's central bank has relaxed some of the curbs on cross-border outflows, the first signs of easing of measures put in place last year as authorities and financial markets feel more confident that pressure on the yuan has eased.

As the yuan fell against the dollar and accelerated late last year, the government stepped up controls, making it harder for individuals and companies to move money out of

Those measures are credited with quashing speculative and helping to stabilise the currency, but have also hampered legitimate as Inc goes more global.

Non-financial outbound direct investment from tumbled 48.8 percent in the first quarter year-on-year, with dealmakers saying many Chinese firms are unable to close deals because they cannot secure official permission to transfer yuan into foreign currency.

will push forward with opening up its account in a prudent and orderly way and will not go back to the old road of controls, Wang said on Thursday.

(Reporting by Kevin Yao and Cheng Fang; Writing by Elias Glenn; Editing by Joseph Radford and Kim Coghill)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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China capital outflows stabilised in Q1 as capital controls bite

(Reuters) - from eased significantly in the first quarter, with cross border flows becoming more balanced, the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday.

Less pressure from has helped steady the yuan currency this year and brought China's foreign currency reserves back over the closely watched $3 trillion mark.

Expectations for further yuan depreciation have weakened significantly, State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) spokeswoman Wang Chunying told a conference.

Net foreign exchange sales by China's commercial banks fell sharply in the first quarter after policymakers tightened supervision on money leaving the country and as a weaker U.S. dollar took pressure of the yuan and other emerging currencies.

Net sales of foreign exchange by Chinese commercial banks dropped to $40.9 billion in the first quarter, compared with $124.8 billion in the first quarter of 2016 and $337.7 billion in sales last year, SAFE data showed.

The yuan slumped around 6.5 percent against the surging dollar last year, but has firmed nearly 1 percent so far in 2017 at the dollar recoiled, defying -- for now -- many analysts' expectations of further weakness.

China's improving has also helped support the currency even as the U.S. central bank raises interest rates, Wang said. The grew at the strongest pace since mid-2015 in the first quarter.

Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday that market confidence in the yuan has significantly improved, Xinhua agency reported.

Sources told on Wednesday that China's central bank has relaxed some of the curbs on cross-border outflows, the first signs of easing of measures put in place last year as authorities and financial markets feel more confident that pressure on the yuan has eased.

As the yuan fell against the dollar and accelerated late last year, the government stepped up controls, making it harder for individuals and companies to move money out of

Those measures are credited with quashing speculative and helping to stabilise the currency, but have also hampered legitimate as Inc goes more global.

Non-financial outbound direct investment from tumbled 48.8 percent in the first quarter year-on-year, with dealmakers saying many Chinese firms are unable to close deals because they cannot secure official permission to transfer yuan into foreign currency.

will push forward with opening up its account in a prudent and orderly way and will not go back to the old road of controls, Wang said on Thursday.

(Reporting by Kevin Yao and Cheng Fang; Writing by Elias Glenn; Editing by Joseph Radford and Kim Coghill)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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