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China c.bank says economy faces risks from global pandemic, efforts against domestic resurgence

SHANGHAI, June 28 (Reuters) - China's central bank said on Sunday that the country's economic growth faces challenges from the global coronavirus pandemic, despite signs of improvement amid business re-openings.

The People's Bank of China (PBOC) said in a statement it would continue to guide lending rates lower by exploiting the full potential of reforms, and would strengthen financial support to small- and medium-sized enterprises and private firms.

The PBOC made the statement after its monetary policy committee held a seasonal meeting on June 24, it said. (Reporting by Samuel Shen and Emily Chow; Editing by Alex Richardson)