DESPITE the recent tumble in the global financial market in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it is still too early to tell if a global financial crisis has arrived, a vicegovernor of China’s central bank said over the weekend. Chen Yulu, vice governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), notedthat a global financial crisis, besides causing continued panic market collapse, usually triggers the bankruptcyof key financial institutions and severe damage to the real economy. Many countries have introduced countermeasures against the market turbulence, and their effects remain to be observed, Chen said. Both the virus pandemic and its impact on the global economy are a common challenge for all, Chen said, calling on all countries to enhance coordination on macro policies including public health and trade as well as fiscal and financial policies.
Though China’s battle against the Covid-19 outbreak has yet to achieve a final victory, the country is doing its best to help the international community contain the pandemic, he said. The PBOC, for its part, has strengthened policy coordination with international organisations and major central banks, while informing central banks of the G20 group and major international financial organisations on the influence of and effective response to the Covid-19 outbreak, he said. China supports international multilateral platforms and institutions such as the G20 and International Monetary Fund to play a positive role in policy coordination and crisis relief, so as to effectively contain the global pandemicand keep the global economy and financial markets stable, said Chen. Domestically, Chen said China’s financial market has withstood the external shocks and remained highly stable, stressing that the Chinese government has ample policy space and tools to deal with the impact.
While participating in international macro policy coordination, China, as a global financial power, will work to keep the home market stable in accordance with existing principles and policy frameworks, which is the best way to contribute to global financial stability, he said. – Nampa-Xinhua