August 12, 2022

China’s CBDC is about domestic dominance, not beating the dollar

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For the past several years, the trade war between China and the U.S. has been at the center of international relations, with technology playing an outsized role.

Within crypto, advancing interest in central bank digital currencies has become part of that narrative of geopolitical competition. Many have framed the development of CBDCs in China and the U.S. as a race — in which case, China is clearly closer to launch and, hence, the “winner.” 

But a race to the finish is a flawed paradigm, and one to which Cointelegraph has contributed its fair share. For the moment, China is actively working to get its digital payments infrastructure out from under the overwhelming dominance of Ant Group’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay. Longstanding designs upon the U.S. dollar have faltered. The narrative of the digital yuan taking aim at the dollar has most prominently come from U.S. firms who were trying to redirect scrutiny from U.S. regulators onto a foreign threat.

The digital currency race that wasn’t

Though it dragged Alipay and WeChat Pay into the geopolitical arena, a midnight executive order from Trump banning use of all Tencent, Alibaba and Alipay apps in the U.Title: China’s CBDC is about domestic dominance, not beating the dollar
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Published Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:37:00 +0000