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China Chooses 15 Blockchain Tech Pilot Zones

Apart from the pilot zones, 164 entities, including hospitals, universities and companies, were chosen to deploy and test the technology

China has been working on use of blockchain tech for cloud computing.
Yifan He, head of Red Date Technology, a Hong Kong firm working on the project, says they believe blockchain technology "is so powerful it will change the entire internet and almost all the entire IT system architecture". Image: AF.


China has selected 15 pilot zones and identified several areas of application to “carry out the innovative application of blockchain” technology, according to a joint government statement on Sunday.

The pilot zones include areas in Beijing and Shanghai, as well as Guangzhou and Chengdu, according to statement on the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) official WeChat social media account.

Apart from the pilot zones, 164 entities, including hospitals, universities and companies such as SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Beijing Gas Group and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China were selected to carry out blockchain pilot projects.

The entities will conduct the projects in fields such as manufacturing, energy, government and tax services, law, education, health, trade and finance, and cross border finance.

“Each area’s cyberspace administration and relevant industry regulator should … give full play to the role of blockchain in promoting data sharing, optimising business processes, reducing operating costs and improving collaboration efficiency in building a credible system,” the statement said.

Although China is promoting blockchain technology, it has banned bitcoin, which is based on the technology. Regulators in September cracked down on cryptocurrencies with a blanket ban on all crypto transactions and mining.

The statement was jointly issued by 16 governmental bodies, including the ministry of education, ministry of industry and information technology, the central bank, the National Energy Administration and China Securities Regulatory Commission, according to the CAC statement.


  • Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell



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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.


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