As you know, China intends to introduce a digital currency, with which the government and the central bank will be able to track the financial activity of citizens of the country.
Unlike cryptocurrency, whose anonymity allows users to make transactions without leaving a digital footprint, the electronic cash system in China will be tightly regulated.
The digital currency “will give the People’s Bank of China a deeper understanding of transactions in the country,” analysts at Beijing-based research firm Trivium China said.
In late September, the head of the central bank Yi Gangsaid the new currency of China could be interconnected with existing electronic payment systems, such as the popular mobile apps WeChat and AliPay. Despite the lack of a schedule, local media claim that the launch could take place on November 11 on “Bachelors' Day”.
Yee did not comment on the technical aspects of digital currency, but merely noted that its purpose was to replace cash:
“We will adhere to centralized management”
Just two years ago, the three main Chinese trading crypto platforms - BTC China, OKCoin and Huobi - accounted for more than 98% of world trade, according to bitcoinity.org.
But the sector was unregulated, and transactions were not traceable to the authorities. In this regard, in 2017, Beijing introduced a ban on cryptocurrency trading activities.
In a country where social credit systems andface recognition cameras are the norm, the new Chinese cryptocurrency may allow the government to "more closely monitor the actions of its population." Thus, the digital currency will allow the People’s Bank of China to collect information that cannot be obtained with cash currency circulation.