A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing the Hang Seng Index at a bank in Hong Kong, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Asian stocks were mostly lower Friday after North Korea fired off another missile over Japan, ratcheting up geopolitical tensions and denting investor sentiment. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

JOHANNESBURG - China's central bank yesterday injected cash into the inter-bank market via reverse repos. 

The People’s Bank of China pumped 300bn yuan (R601.54bn) into the financial system via a process by which the central bank purchases securities from commercial banks through bidding with an agreement to sell them back in the future. The operations included 280bn yuan seven-day reverse repos priced to yield 2.45% and 20bn yuan of 28-day contracts with a yield of 2.75%. 

In yesterday’s interbank market, the benchmark overnight Shanghai Interbank Offered Rate, which measures the cost at which Chinese banks lend to each other, stood at 2.756%, 

6.02 basis points higher than Friday. The central bank has increasingly relied on open market operations for liquidity management, rather than cuts in interest rates or reserve requirement ratios. China set the tone of its monetary policy in 2017 as prudent and neutral.