BEIJING--China's commercial banks purchased a net $23.8 billion worth of foreign exchange in May, up from a net purchase of $14.8 billion in April, official data showed Friday.
The State Administration of Foreign Exchange said Chinese banks purchased a net $77.7 billion worth of forex in the first five months of the year.
Wang Chunying, a spokeswoman with SAFE, said in a statement that demand and supply of the forex market are largely balanced and purchases rose 61% from the prior month.
The nonbank sector maintained a small net inflow of cross-border capital and the scale of forex reserves has increased slightly, Ms. Wang said.
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