In a move to test its state-owned CBDC dubbed e-CNY, China has given away digital red envelopes embodying its prototype CBDC in Beijing and Shanghai to test the digital yuan (e-CNY). Reportedly, the Winter Olympics (WO) vendors will also allow e-CNY for payments.
China is accelerating its pursuit of a digital yuan that is anticipated to be finally rolled out before the end of 2021. One of the reasons to issue its own central bank digital currency (CBDC) is to keep a close eye on and control the transactions of the citizens.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in its central city of Wuhan, China became a target of blame by the world. While Beijing hosts the 2022 Winter Olympic Games next February, it is doubted that many will visit the Asian country. This puts the plan to present the digital yuan to the world at stake.
As many countries are competing to see who will be the first to launch an effective working central bank digital currency (CBDC), China seems to be in the lead of this game. The country has carried out several trials of its digital yuan in different parts of the country.
The forced digitizations of nearly all industries worldwide makes traditional players adjust and set standards for innovative solutions. Thus, the G20’s Financial Stability Board (FSB) is set for developing a framework for adopting CBDC.
When released, China’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) might replace fiat yuan in circulation. At least, that was what Fan Yifei, the Deputy Chairman of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), stated in his article published at Financial News local outlet.