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12:00 AM, March 31, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 31, 2019

China banks post profits but warn of instability

Chinese banks have posted profits for 2018 but warned that domestic and global uncertainties could put downward pressure on the sector in the coming year.

Bank of China (BOC) posted a profit of 192.44 billion yuan ($28.67 billion), up four percent from the previous year, which the company credited to a stable economy and "prudent monetary policy" from the Chinese government.

But the sector "will face a complicated operating environment in 2019", BOC said in its annual report filed to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange late Friday.

"The growth drivers of the global economy will weaken, international financial markets will remain at risk of fluctuation, and the functioning of the economy will be subject to a number of uncertainties."

The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) -- the country's largest bank -- posted a net profit of 297.68 billion yuan in 2018, a 4.1 percent increase.

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