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The following lists highlights from Chinese press reports on Friday:

  • China is likely to keep its monetary policies steady to support the real economy, refrain from excess stimulus and stabilize the macro leverage, reported PBOC-owned Financial News citing Dong Ximiao, the chief analyst with Merchants Union Consumer Finance, who commented on the central bank's Q1 monetary report. Financial regulators should step up policy supports to small and medium-sized banks including helping to replenish bank capital and recruiting qualified investors to dissolve risks, Dong was cited as saying.
  • China should seek to boost commodity supplies to keep prices stable as recent price spikes have been driven by global supply shortages, said China Securities Journal said in its commentary. The central bank has so far refrained from tightening and played down expectations for higher inflation, the newspaper said. Policies could be tightened if rising commodity prices affect consumer products, it said.
  • China's domestic bond market has sold CNY161 billion green bonds this year to date, 69% more than a year ago, as companies raise capital to help reduce emissions and pursue greener energy and development, the Economic Information Daily reported citing its analysis based on Wind data. Traditional companies including state-owned power generators and coal producers are offering bonds tied to specific sustainable projects, which have generated interests from investors, the newspaper said.