The People's Bank of China (officially PBC or informally PBOC; Chinese: 中国人民银行) is the central bank of the People's Republic of China, responsible for carrying out monetary policy and regulation of financial institutions in mainland China, as determined by the People's Bank Law and the Commercial Bank Law. It is a cabinet-level executive department of the State Council.
Logo of the People's Bank of China
Beijing Headquarters of the People's Bank of China
|Established||1 December 1948|
|Ownership||State Council of the People's Republic of China|
|Central bank of||People's Republic of China|
CNY (ISO 4217)
|Reserves||US$3.357 trillion (2020)|
|Reserve requirements||8.45% (December 2021)|
|Bank rate||2.75% (August 2022)|
|Website||PBC.gov.cn (in English)|
|People's Bank of China|
|Literal meaning||China People Bank|
|Alternative Chinese name|
|Literal meaning||People Bank|
|Second alternative Chinese name|
|Literal meaning||Central Bank|
|Zhuang||Cunghgoz Yinzminz Yinzhangz|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||Дундад Улсын Ардын Банк|
|Uyghur||جۇڭگو خەلق بانكا|
|Portuguese||Banco Popular da China|
The bank was established on December 1, 1948, based on the consolidation of the Huabei Bank, the Beihai Bank and the Xibei Farmer Bank. The headquarters was first located in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, and then moved to Beijing in 1949. Between 1950 and 1978 the PBC was the only bank in the People's Republic of China and was responsible for both central banking and commercial banking operations. All other banks within Mainland China such as the Bank of China were either organized as divisions of the PBC or were non-deposit taking agencies.
From 1952 to 1955 government shares were added to private banks to make state-private banks, until under the first Five Year plan from 1955 to 1959 the PBC had complete control of the private banks, making them branches of the PBC, closely resembling the vision of Vladimir Lenin. With aid from the Soviet Union, the shares of private enterprises and with them industrial output followed a similar path, forming a Soviet-style planned economy.
With the exception of special allocations for rural development, the monolithic PBC dominated all business transactions and credit until 1978, when, as part of the Chinese economic reforms, the State Council split off the commercial banking functions of the PB into four independent but state-owned banks, including the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the Bank of China (BOC), the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), and the China Construction Bank (CCB). In 1983, the State Council promulgated that the PBC would function as the central bank of China.
Chen Yuan was instrumental in modernizing the bank in the early 1990s. Its central bank status was legally confirmed on March 18, 1995 by the 3rd Plenum of the 8th National People's Congress, and was granted a higher degree of independence than other State Council ministries by an act that year. In 1998, the PBC underwent a major restructuring. All provincial and local branches were abolished, and the PBC opened nine regional branches, whose boundaries did not correspond to local administrative boundaries. In 2003, the Standing Committee of the Tenth National People's Congress approved an amendment law for strengthening the role of PBC in the making and implementation of monetary policy for safeguarding the overall financial stability and provision of financial services.
While operating with some degree of autonomy, the PBC does not have central bank independence and is politically required to implement the policies of the Chinese Communist Party.
The top management of the PBC are composed of the governor and a certain number of deputy governors. The governor of the PBC is appointed or removed by the National People's Congress or its Standing Committee. The candidate for the governor of the PBC is nominated by the Premier of the People's Republic of China and approved by the National People's Congress. When the National People's Congress is in adjournment, the Standing Committee sanctions the candidacy for the governor of the PBC. The deputy governors of the PBC are appointed to or removed from office by the Premier of the State Council.
The PBC adopts the governor responsibility system under which the governor supervises the overall work of the PBC while the deputy governors provide assistance to the governor to fulfill his or her responsibility.
The current governor is Yi Gang. Deputy governors of the management team include: Wang Huaqing, Pan Gongsheng, Fan Yifei, Guo Qingping, Zhang Xiaohui, and Yang Ziqiang. Former top-level managers include: Ms. Hu Xiaolian, Liu Shiyu, Li Dongrong and Ms. Jin Qi.
The PBC has established 9 regional branches, one each in Tianjin, Shenyang, Shanghai, Nanjing, Jinan, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Xi'an, 2 operations offices in Beijing and Chongqing, 303 municipal sub-branches and 1809 county-level sub-branches.
It has 6 overseas representative offices (PBC Representative Office for America, PBC Representative Office (London) for Europe, PBC Tokyo Representative Office, PBC Frankfurt Representative Office, PBC Representative Office for Africa, Liaison Office of the PBC in the Caribbean Development Bank).
The PBC consists of 18 functional departments (bureaus) as below:
- General Administration Department
- Legal Affairs Department
- Monetary Policy Department
- Financial Market Department
- Financial Stability Bureau
- Financial Survey and Statistics Department
- Accounting and Treasury Department
- Payment System Department
- Technology Department
- Currency, Gold and Silver Bureau
- State Treasury Bureau
- International Department
- Internal Auditing Department
- Personnel Department
- Research Bureau
- Credit Information System Bureau
- Anti-Money Laundering Bureau (Security Bureau)
- Education Department of the CPC PBC Committee
The following enterprises and institutions are directly under the PBC:
- China Anti-Money Laundering Monitoring and Analysis Center
- PBC Graduate School
- China Financial Publishing House
- Financial News
- China National Clearing Center
- China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation
- China Gold Coin Incorporation
- China Financial Computerization Corporation
- China Foreign Exchange Trade System
List of governorsEdit
|No.||Name||Took office||Left office||Premier||Notes|
|1||Nan Hanchen||October 1949||October 1954||Zhou Enlai|
|2||Cao Juru||October 1954||October 1964||Zhou Enlai|
|3||Hu Lijiao||October 1964||1966||Zhou Enlai|
|Position abolished during Cultural Revolution|
|4||Chen Xiyu||May 1973||January 1978||Zhou Enlai
|5||Li Baohua||January 1978||April 1982||Hua Guofeng
|6||Lü Peijian||April 1982||March 1985||Zhao Ziyang|
|7||Chen Muhua||March 1985||April 1988||Zhao Ziyang||State Councilor (1982–1988)|
|8||Li Guixian||April 1988||July 1993||Li Peng||State Councilor (1988–1998)|
|9||Zhu Rongji||July 1993||June 1995||Li Peng||First-ranked Vice-Premier (1993–1998)|
|10||Dai Xianglong||June 1995||December 2002||Li Peng
|11||Zhou Xiaochuan||December 2002||March 2018||Zhu Rongji
|Vice Chairman of the CPPCC|
National Committee (2013–2018)
|12||Yi Gang||March 2018||Incumbent||Li Keqiang||Serves under party branch secretary Guo Shuqing|
Previously, interest rates set by the bank were always divisible by nine, instead of by 25 as in the rest of the world. However, since the central bank began to increase rates by 0.25 percentage points on October 19, 2010, this is no longer the case.
PBC latest interest rate changes:
|Change date||Interest rate|
|August 25, 2015||4.600%|
|June 27, 2015||4.850%|
|May 10, 2015||5.100%|
|February 28, 2015||5.350%|
|November 21, 2014||5.600%|
|July 6, 2012||6.000%|
|June 8, 2012||6.310%|
|July 7, 2011||6.560%|
|April 6, 2011||6.310%|
|February 9, 2011||6.060%|
|December 26, 2010||5.810%|
Reserve requirement ratioEdit
PBC latest reserve requirement ratio (RRR) changes:
|Change date||Reserve requirement ratio||Extra cash for financial system|
|December 2011||20.5%||350 billion yuan ($55 billion)|
|May 2012||20.0%||400 billion yuan ($63.4 billion)|
|February 2015||19.5%||600 billion yuan ($96 billion)|
|April 2015||18.5%||1.5 trillion yuan ($240 billion)|
|August 2015||18.0%||650 billion yuan ($101 billion)|
|Year & month||Foreign-exchange reserves (US$ billion)|
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