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Why central bank easing won't be so easy in China

Published Tue, Feb 17, 2015 · 09:50 PM

AS Chinese leaders attempt to guide their slowing economy into a soft landing, they're counting heavily on People's Bank of China (PBOC) governor Zhou Xiaochuan to keep conditions stable. It's a daunting task. Firming US growth is increasing the odds the Federal Reserve will boost interest rates soon.

Europe, meanwhile, is on the precipice of renewed turmoil as Greece spars with euro-area finance ministers. Japan is limping out of recession slower than hoped (growing an annualised 2.2 per cent in the fourth quarter), raising the chances of additional Bank of Japan stimulus.

With 560 basis points worth of monetary ammunition to use before interest r…

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