Risks to smaller banks ‘controllable’

CBIRC says buffers and safeguards are ample to stave off risks

Risks to smaller banks ‘controllable’
Under Control: CBIRC chief Guo Shuqing. Photo: CBIRC

(ATF) China’s small- and medium-sized banks are in stable operation and the risks they face are controllable, the country's top banking authority said Thursday.

With sound fundamentals of capital, provision and profit, city commercial lenders have the capability to fend off risks, said Liu Rong, an official with the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC).

The capital adequacy ratio of city commercial banks came in at 12.7%, while the provision coverage ratio and the non-performing loan ratio registered 150% and 2.34%, respectively, all running in a reasonable range, Liu said.

Smaller rural banks, which account for 85% of banking financial institutions nationwide, have seen an increasing ability to serve the real economy with their solid deposit base and controllable liquidity risks, said Hong Xiaoping, another official with the CBIRC.

Although a few are facing high risks, this will not weigh on the whole industry, said Xiao Yuanqi, chief risk officer of the CBIRC.

Xiao noted that China's efforts in cracking down on illegal activities in the banking sector have paid off, creating conditions for the industry's healthy development.

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