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Inflation in China Down to Lowest Number in More Than Two Years; Analyst Proposes Giving Cash Handouts to Avoid Deflation

Inflation in China Down to Lowest Number in More Than Two Years; Analyst Proposes Giving Cash Handouts to Avoid DeflationInflation in China registered an increase of 0.1% year-over-year in April, according to numbers from the National Bureau of Statistics of the country, falling below expectations. Some analysts are already warning about the dangers of deflation, even calling on the Chinese government to deliver cash handouts in order to push consumer demand. Low Inflation Numbers […]

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China Keeps Stockpiling Gold, Adds 18 Tons in March to Reach 2,068 Tons in National Reserve

China Keeps Stockpiling Gold, Adds 18 Tons in March to Reach 2,068 Tons in National ReserveThe People’s Bank of China (PBOC) reported an increase in the country’s gold reserves of 18 tons in March, continuing its buying spree. China has consistently added to its gold reserves since November, purchasing more than 100 tons in the last five months. The Asian state now has 2,068 tons in its coffers. China Purchased […]

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Regulators Should Heed Crypto Risks When Innovating Regulation, Says Chinese Central Bank Official

Regulators Should Heed Crypto Risks When Innovating Regulation, Says Chinese Central Bank OfficialA senior People’s Bank of China (PBOC) official has urged regulators to consider cryptocurrency risks and fraud that could lead to bank failures when innovating regulation. The Chinese official highlighted the recent collapse of U.S. banks that provided services to crypto customers as an example. “The regulation philosophy, technology, and capability must be upgraded to […]

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China’s Wechat Adds Support for Digital Yuan Payments

China’s Wechat Adds Support for Digital Yuan PaymentsChinese social media platform Wechat has introduced support for the state-backed digital yuan in its popular payment app. Over a billion users will now ostensibly be able to take advantage of fast payments with the digital currency issued by the People’s Bank of China. Wechat Pay Follows Alipay in Integrating Payments With Digital Yuan The […]

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Chinese Economist Urges Government to Reconsider Crypto Ban — Warns of Missed Tech Opportunities

Chinese Economist Urges Government to Reconsider Crypto Ban — Warns of Missed Tech OpportunitiesAn economics professor and former adviser to the People’s Bank of China has urged the Chinese government to reconsider its ban on cryptocurrencies. He warned that banning crypto activities could result in missed opportunities that are “very valuable” to regulated financial systems. Chinese Economist Warns of Missed Opportunities Due to Crypto Ban A former adviser […]

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China’s Hainan to boost NFT oversight as digital yuan trial ramps

Hainan's market regulator wants to promote NFTs as part of the digital economy, but will actively work to weed out bad actors and speculative behavior.

Authorities from the Hainan province in southern China have vowed to increase oversight on the nonfungible token (NFT) sector to “promote the healthy development” of the sector and to stomp out fraud and other associated risks.

In a separate announcement, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) also announced that it is working on new features for its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) pilot program, referred to as the digital yuan or eCNY.

NFT oversight

In a public notice posted on Jan. 29, Hainan’s market regulator and nine other agencies from the province outlined a lengthy plan to tackle the NFT sector moving forward.

A translation of the document reveals that the regulator is placing emphasis on promoting NFTs as part of the digital economy, particularly as a way to attract foreign investment in the Hainan Free Trade Port. 

The province agencies however said they want to oversee the NFT market in a way that restricts “market chaos” such as misleading information, speculation, copyright theft, fraud, money laundering and fictitious value.

Some measures outlined include “severely” cracking down on false propaganda under current frameworks such as the “anti-unfair competition law,” preventing copyright infringement by guiding and urging internet platforms to remove such content, and cracking down on fraud.

An emphasis has also been placed on educating the public by conveying the “risks and laws” of the sector so that they “purchase cautiously” and avoid losses due to wild speculation on NFTs.

The Chinese government has had a unique outlook on the NFT sector since it boomed in popularity, while the asset class has not copped major blanket bans unlike private cryptocurrencies, state agencies have often been quick to deter any sort of speculative behavior.

Digital yuan adds bells and whistles

According to an announcement shared via Baidu on Jan. 30, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) plans to add new features to its long-running pilot trails of the digital yuan.

The bank suggested that it is developing a QR code-based transaction system so that “ consumers can ‘scan with one code’” to make the CBDC more user-friendly.

It also emphasized that such tech integrations will help China “realize the interconnection between the digital renminbi system and traditional electronic payment tools.”

Another touted benefit of the QR code system is that merchants will be able “support various transactions” while limiting the increase of costs to consumers.

The PBoC emphasized that in 2022 it had piloted the CBDC across 17 provinces, and rolled out around 30 digital yuan red “envelope activities” in which it airdropped small amounts of the asset to citizens.

The campaign was used to promote the use of the asset, particularly concerning payments for “low-carbon travel” such as public transport.

Related: UK Bitcoin community reacts to incoming CBDC and digital pound rollout

Earlier this month, the eCNY network received a key upgrade via the integration of smart contracts.

According to a report from local crypto media outlet 8btc, smart contract features were launched via the food and retail focused delivery app from Meituan.

When users place and order and pay with their e-CNY wallet, a smart contract triggers and searches for keywords and purchased items in their order. If a user buys something on the list of keywords for the day, they go in the draw to win part of a prize worth around $1,300.

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China’s Digital Yuan Little Used, Former Central Bank Official Says

China’s Digital Yuan Little Used, Former Central Bank Official SaysTrials of the digital yuan have produced disappointing results, according to a report quoting the former head of research at the Chinese central bank. The new form of national fiat has brought no benefits to the banks and should expand beyond being employed only as a substitute for cash, the banker believes. Common People Used […]

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Former Chinese central banker says digital yuan ‘usage has been low’

A former China central banker said cumulative e-CNY transactions only crossed $14 billion in two years, adding the results were “not ideal.”

A former official of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the country’s central bank, has expressed disappointment that China’s digital yuan is seeing little use.

Xie Ping, a former PBOC research director and current finance professor at Tsinghua University, made critical public comments about China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) at a recent university conference, according to a Dec. 28 Caixin report.

Xie noted that cumulative digital yuan transactions had only crossed $14 billion (100 billion yuan) in October, two years after launch. “The results are not ideal,” he said, adding that “usage has been low, highly inactive.”

Despite the government’s rapid expansion of the trials and new wallet features to try to attract users, a January PBOC report stated that only 261 million users had set up an e-CNY wallet.

This compares to around 903.6 million people that utilize mobile payments in China, according to a 2021 China UnionPay report.

The former central banker said the use case of e-CNY “needs to be changed” from its current use as a cash substitute and opened to other uses such as the ability to pay for financial products or connected to more payment platforms to boost adoption.

He compared the digital yuan to other third-party payment systems in the country such as WeChat Pay, Alipay, and QQ Wallet, which allow for investments, lending or loans. He said they “have formed a payment market structure that has met needs for daily consumption.”

Some third-party financial apps are e-CNY compatible but see little use, as Xie said “people are used to” using the original service and change “is difficult.”

Such criticism of Chinese government initiatives is rare from former officials and signals the country may be seriously struggling to gain traction on its CBDC initiative.

Related: Over 1,400 Chinese firms operating in blockchain industry, national whitepaper shows

The government has rapidly expanded e-CNY trails most recently in December to four new cities. It was previously expanded in September to Guangdong province, its most populous, and three others.

New features were added to the e-CNY wallet app in a bid to attract users in time for Chinese New Year that added functionality to send digital versions of traditional red packets or red envelopes (hongbao) containing money — a popular custom during festivities.

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Report: China Suspected of Stockpiling Gold to ‘Cut Greenback Dependence’

Report: China Suspected of Stockpiling Gold to ‘Cut Greenback Dependence’During the first week of November, the World Gold Council’s (WGC) report that covered last quarter’s global gold demand noted that central banks worldwide purchased close to 400 tons of gold in Q3 2022. The study highlighted that it was the “most on record,” and the WGC researchers also spotted a “substantial estimate for unreported […]

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Fed Governor Waller Skeptical of Central Bank Digital Currencies — Says He’s ‘Not a Big Fan’ of the Fed Issuing Digital Dollar

Fed Governor Waller Skeptical of Central Bank Digital Currencies — Says He’s ‘Not a Big Fan’ of the Fed Issuing Digital DollarFederal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller says he is not a big fan of the Fed issuing a central bank digital currency (CBDC). “It’s just a checking account at the Fed,” said the governor. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently said that the central bank has not decided whether to issue a digital dollar. Fed Governor […]

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