The Communist Party of China (CPC) has enlisted a total of 71 private technology companies as crusaders of the new National Blockchain project. E-commerce heavyweight JD.com and telecommunications and tech giants, Huawei and Tencent are among those signed up.
Some 71 tech companies have been nominated by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) to the newly formed National Blockchain and Distributed Accounting Technology Standardization Technical Committee. The idea of the committee was conceived in March 2018 to help thrust blockchain technology development in the country.
Unsurprisingly, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) rolled out a digital currency project not long from the appeal. The currency would be managed by the Central Bank and guided by the new committee.
Mr Zhang Ye, director of the China Securities Regulatory Commission’s (CSRC) was quoted saying that China’s blockchain technology would function more effectively when built on a “centralized” system. This follows President Xi’s public appeal to the nation for revitalized support for cryptocurrency development in China.
China’s Shenzhen-based producer and seller of communication equipment and electronics, Huawei, also China’s 5G technology pioneer is involved in the new project. Now valued at about $8 billion, Huawei seems to be doing the nation proud in technology development after its 5G internet innovation challenged companies worldwide.
Liu Qiangdong’s Beijing-based JD.com, formerly Jingdong e-commerce company mentioned severally on Forbes is also part of the blockchain standardization committee.
Another famous name on the list is a Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company Tencent specialized in internet-based technologies as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The pursuance of a centralized digital currency plan by the Chinese government came amid trade tensions with the US mainly over tech dominance that erupted in March 2018.
Experts have equated already the idea to Xi Jinping’s pet infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) through which China ‘lends’ infrastructure technology and finances to over 65 countries worldwide now.