The Straits Times
Published on Dec 28, 2012

China approves cross-border yuan loans in pilot zone near Hong Kong


SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China has issued rules allowing companies in a pilot zone near Hong Kong to borrow yuan from Hong Kong banks, a step towards opening China's capital account and internationalising its currency, according to an announcement on the website of the Shenzhen branch of the central bank.

The People's Bank of China (PBOC) will allow companies in the city of Qianhai, a special economic zone in Shenzhen near Hong Kong, to borrow yuan from banks in Hong Kong, with tenors and interest rates to be set independently, according to the statement.

"The cross-border renminbi (yuan) loan business will give Qianhai important financial support and at the same time accelerate the use of cross-border renminbi," the statement said.

The announcement also said that the move would increase the scale of Hong Kong banks' yuan loan services and invigorate liquidity in the offshore yuan market.