The People's Bank of China, the central bank, has conducted the first central bank bills swap (CBS) operation in 2020 to improve the liquidity of perpetual bonds issued by commercial banks.
The CBS, valued at 6 billion yuan ($874 million), are open to primary dealers for bidding at a fixed rate at 0.1 percent, the central bank said in a statement.
The swap will be due on April 20, 2020, the statement showed.
The CBS program allows dealers to swap the perpetual bonds they hold for central bank bills, which will effectively boost market demand for perpetual bonds but have a neutral impact on liquidity in the banking system.
Perpetual bonds are fixed-income securities with no maturity date and are not redeemable but pay a steady stream of interests forever.