China's digital currency

Will China be the first to issue a sovereign digital currency?
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China was the first major economy to begin exploring its own digital currency in 2014, though it is yet to launch the proposed digital yuan. Unlike cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, which are not centrally controlled, China’s “sovereign” digital coin would fall under the authority of the People’s Bank of China. China maintains a blanket ban on the trading of any cryptocurrencies, as the government regards them as a source of financial risk.

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While other governments have been dithering and taking a wait-and-see approach, Beijing has charted a course for financial stability, a sovereign digital currency and environmental protection.
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The digital yuan offers stability and convenience that most popular cryptocurrencies do not, offering businesses convenience and improved risk management. It can also simplify cross-border transactions and promote overseas circulation of the renminbi
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