Chinese Regulators

Digital yuan nears launch as China sweats over Libra

Sovereign virtual coin lets Beijing bolster oversight and boost currency abroad BEIJING — China appears on track to launch a sovereign digital currency next year, becoming the first major country to do so, as Beijing aims to track money flows more closely and combat planned cryptocurrencies such as Facebook’s Libra. With work completed on conducting research and setting […]

Digital Currency Manual for Chinese Officials in High Demand, Enters Second Printing

A 200-page manual titled “Digital Currency: A Reader for Cadres” entered its second printing in January. The high demand signals interest from China’s government amid confusing regulations on cryptocurrencies. The handbook was first released in November, and includes a comprehensive set of 23 articles, starting from the basics of digital currencies to their impact on […]

Emerging tech firms face tighter scrutiny

PBOC officials moot stricter measures in financial sector to protect investors Regulators are expected to adopt a tough stance on emerging technology in the financial sector and extend supervision of technology giants in an effort to curb systemic risks, central bank officials said on Tuesday. Over-innovated financial products with lagging regulation may lead to financial […]

Why China Is Banning Crypto but Is Bullish on Blockchain

Babel Finance is one of China’s largest financial service providers.  The firm works with crypto mining companies to fund the volatile industry and products including crypto-backed loans, deposit services, margin trading and derivatives. Since July 2018, Babel has issued $400 million in crypto-backed loans with a balance of more than $300 million outstanding. Before pivoting […]

China’s sovereign digital currency – still no launch date

People’s Bank of China says research and development work will continue in 2020 Beijing is keen to create a digital currency to offset perceived risks posed by bitcoin and Facebook’s Libra China’s central bank said on Sunday it will continue with its research and development into the creation of a sovereign digital currency in 2020, […]

China’s Digital Yuan Will Target Retail Payments First, Ex-Central Banker Says

One of China’s first goals with its central bank digital currency is to facilitate retail payments, a former senior official said Monday. Speaking at the Caixin Hengqin Forum in Zhuhai, former head of the People’s Bank of China Xiaochuan Zhou said the country will stress the retail use of digital payment for the digital yuan, […]

State financial regulators

The emergence of digital currencies poses a major dilemma for the guardians of economies across the globe. While some countries have taken a liking to the newcomers, others remain cautious or opted to ban them outright. Bitcoin was born nearly nine years ago as something brand new for both the world of payment systems and […]

Unlike Libra, Digital Yuan Will Not Need Currency Reserves to Support Value: PBOC Official

The head of the People’s Bank of China’s (PBOC) digital currency research subsidiary, Changchun Mu, said China’s cryptocurrency will not need a currency basket to maintain a stable value. Speaking to reporters at The China Finance Association Academic Annual Meeting and China Finance Forum Annual Meeting in Beijing Saturday, Mu said the digital yuan would […]

Forget bitcoin, China’s crypto-yuan is set to transform banking

Digital currencies could become substitutes not just for physical cash but also for bank reserves. So is China readying its own bitcoin? Banish the thought. It’s far bigger than that. Yes, just like any other crypto-currency — or for that matter, cigarettes in POW camps — the upcoming digital yuan will be “tokenised” money. But […]

Why China’s digital yuan is ‘a dictator’s dream’

Human rights activist says Beijing is embracing blockchain technology because it serves its totalitarian agenda. China’s President Xi Jinping last month enthusiastically endorsed blockchain technology, generating much excitement in the global crypto community. However, a subsequent crackdown on crypto traders by the People’s Bank of China has made it clear that Beijing’s fondness for such revolutionary technology does not extend […]

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