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China Expands Digital Yuan Pilot Scheme to More Cities

People’s Bank of China said Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen and six cities in Zhejiang province will be added to the e-CNY pilot list

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A sign for the digital yuan is pictured at a shopping mall in Shanghai, China. Photo: Reuters


China’s central bank will further expand a pilot scheme of its digital currency to more areas, including cities in the eastern Zhejiang province which is set to host the Asian Games later this year.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said on Saturday it it will promote the research and development of the digital currency, dubbed e-CNY, and expand the scope of the pilot scheme, according to an online statement.

Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen and six cities in the coastal Zhejiang province will be added to the existing 10 major “pilot” cities to test the use e-CNY, it said.

The six cities in Zhejiang, which included the provincial capital of Hangzhou, will host the Asian Games in September.


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The PBOC has ramped up testing of the digital currency in recent years and hoped to take advantage of the Beijing Winter Olympics as an opportunity to promote the yuan globalisation.

However, Beijing’s aim to make an Olympic splash with its digital currency was thwarted by a Covid 19-induced exclusion of foreign spectators. Instead, it has been taken up by a captive audience of locals unable to use their usual digital payment apps.

The PBOC statement also said Beijing and Zhangjiakou, which co-hosted the Winter Games in February, will also become e-CNY pilot cities.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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