China’s forex reserves, the biggest in the world, rose for the third month in a row in April, signalling eased capital flight pressure, central bank data showed Sunday.
The reserves climbed to $3.0295 trillion at the end of April from $3.0091 trillion a month earlier, according to statistics from the People’s Bank of China.
This was the first time the reserves expanded for three months consecutively since June 2014.
The country’s gold reserves also increased from 73.7 billion U.S. dollars by the end of March to over 75 billion U.S. dollars by the end of April.
The State Administration of Foreign Exchange, SAFE, predicted last month that the size of forex reserves would become more stable in the future as the economy maintains relatively fast growth and the country’s current account surplus stays in a reasonable range.
There had been growing concerns about capital flowing out of the Chinese market in the second half of 2016, when the economy was facing looming downward pressures and the Chinese yuan was in the middle of a losing streak against the U.S. dollar.
In January, China’s forex reserves declined below the closely watched 3-trillion-dollar mark for the first time since February 2011.
However, concerns about capital outflows have receded lately, with the Chinese economy on a firmer footing, supported by a string of upbeat data including industrial profits, factory activity and fixed-asset investment.
Forex reserves by Nations:(Wikipedia)
|Rank||Country||Forex reserves (ex. gold)
(in millions of US$)
|4||Saudi Arabia||535,977||December 2016|
|—||Hong Kong, China||386,164||December 2016|
|6||Republic of Korea||366,307||December 2016|
|13||United Kingdom||147,004||December 2016|
|16||United States||105,204||March 2017|
|20||Czech Republic||85,362||December 2016|