[BEIJING] China's central bank cut its benchmark lending rates by 25 basis points to 5.1 per cent on Sunday, the third reduction since November, as it seeks to lower borrowing costs and support the slowing economy.
The People's Bank of China (PBOC) also reduced one-year benchmark deposit rates by 25 basis points, it said in a statement on its website, adding that the reductions would be effective on May 11.
The central bank said the move would support the healthy development of the economy.
The PBOC last cut interest rates on Feb 28, lowering one-year benchmark lending rates by 25 basis points to 5.35 per cent, and cutting one-year benchmark deposit rates by 25 basis points to 2.5 per cent.
China launched a scheme to insure bank deposits from May 1, ushering in a reform seen as vital for freeing up a highly-protected banking sector.