FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The European Central Bank has extended a bilateral, 45 billion euro ($50 billion)currency swap arrangement with the People’s Bank of China for another three years, the ECB said in a statement on Friday.
“From a Eurosystem perspective, the arrangement serves as a backstop facility to address potential sudden and temporary liquidity shortages in euro area banks due to disruptions in the renminbi market,” the ECB said.
The swap arrangement, which has a maximum size of 350 billion renminbi and 45 billion euros, was first established in 2013 and was later extended in 2016.
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(Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Jon Boyle)