The head of China’s central bank says they can do more to support the economy

Zhou Xiaochuan Chinese PBOC People's Bank ChinaREUTERS/Jason LeeChina’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan answers a question at a news conference during China’s annual session of parliament, in Beijing March 13, 2013.

China still has more room and tools in its monetary policy to tackle downward pressure in the economy, and its fiscal policy will be more proactive, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said on Friday.

Zhou, speaking at a conference held by the Institute of International Finance in Shanghai in conjunction with a G20 meeting of central bank governors and finance ministers, also said that the direction of China’s reforms will not change, but that the pace might change.

“Given the current situation of the Chinese and global economy, our monetary policy is now prudent and relatively accommodative,” Zhou said, according to Bloomberg.

“We still need to closely monitor developments and make adjustments as appropriate. China still has some monetary policy space and multiple policy instruments to address possible downside risks.”

He added that there was no basis for persistent depreciation of China’s yuan.

Betting on a further depreciation in the value of the yuan is one of the most popular trades being put on by some of the biggest hedge fund managers in the business.

This trade got particular notice earlier this month when Hayman Capital’s Kyle Bass outlined his view that the yuan would need to fall in value given a dearth of reserves in its banking system.

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