The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) said in an April 17 release that its prototype, central bank-issued digital yuan is being put through its paces in Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Xiong’an, which lies about 60 miles from Beijing. It will also be tested at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The next steps in the country’s digital currency/electronic payment, or DC/EP, project—which it has been hammering away at for five years—are to “follow the principles of stability, security and control” and to “select pilot verification areas, scenarios and service scopes,” said Mu Changchun, the head of the PBOC’s digital currency research institute.
Here’s a beautiful turn of phrase from a Chinese central bank executive talking about its forthcoming national digital currency: “controllable anonymity.”
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.