China has spent five years preparing to launch the digital yuan, which might happen in a matter of months. But bankers and financial industry professionals surveyed at an industry conference in October still believe the United States will be the first to create a global digital currency.
A publication run by China’s ruling Communist Party has denied reports that the nation’s central bank is on the verge of launching a cryptocurrency.
Forbes’ Michael del Castillo reported on August 27 that the national bank’s digital currency will be a permissioned blockchain controlled by the central bank, and is intended to replace the bills and coins used in daily transactions rather than the renminbi itself.
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Deputy Director Mu Changchun said the bank’s “digital currency can now be said to be ready” at the China Finance 40 Forum in Yichun this weekend, according to Shanghai Securities News.