China hands out $3 million of digital yuan as JD com becomes first online
GUANGZHOU, China — Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com said it has become the first online platform to accept the country’s digital currency. The announcement on Saturday comes as part of another real-world major trial for the digital yuan in Suzhou, a city that’s about 65 miles west of Shanghai. A total of 20 million yuan ($3 million) will be up for grabs in a lottery, according to a WeChat post by JD Digits, JD.com’s fintech arm. Winners will receive a so-called \”red packet\” via an app containing a maximum of 200 yuan of the digital currency. A hundred thousand of these red packets will be distributed. Those who receive the digital yuan can spend it on JD.com’s online shopping platform. This is not the first time that China is handing out a large sum of its digital currency. In October, a total of 10 million yuan was handed out to citizens in China’s technology hub Shenzhen in a lottery. The digital yuan, which is controlled and issued by the People’s Bank of China, is what’s known as a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The central bank calls its project the Digital Currency Electronic Payment or DCEP, though it has remained quite tight-lipped about its development. Central bank digital currencies are unlike cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, or even the Facebook-backed digital coin Libra. That’s because they are controlled and issued by a central bank. Bitcoin, which recently hit a record-high price, is decentralized — that means it’s not controlled or issued by a single entity. Central banks are looking closely at digital currencies because they promise features such as more efficient cross-border payments as well as moving countries toward cashless societies. The BIS, a group of central banks, said earlier this year that 80% of the world’s central banks \”had already started to conceptualize and research the potential for CBDCs.\”China’s central bank appears to be the most advanced in its rollout of a digital currency compared to other major economies, though it has stopped short so far of a nationwide rollout and has instead focused on pilot projects.\n\n\nAll data is taken from the source: http://cnbc.com\nArticle Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/07/china-hands-out-digital-yuan-in-trial-as-jdcom-accepts-the-currency.html\n\n\n#digital #news24 #newsworldabc #newstodayworld #newsworldwide #newstodayupdate #
JD.com becomes the first online platform to accept China’s digital currency
Chinese e-commerce company JD.com Inc said on Saturday that it was the first virtual platform in the country to accept Beijing’s local digital currency..
JD Digits, the fintech division of the company, will accept digital yuan as payment for certain products at its online mall as part of an experimental digital yuan distribution to citizens of Suzhou, located near Shanghai, according to an official WeChat account..
China’s digital yuan is one of the world’s most advanced initiatives «central bank digital currency», as authorities around the world respond to threats from private currencies such as Bitcoin and Facebook’s Libra.
Under this program, municipal authorities and the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) will issue «red envelopes» 200 RMB 100,000 consumers to be selected through a lottery.
The Suzhou Project is the second such digital lottery after the NBK issued RMB 10 million of digital currency to 50,000 randomly selected consumers in the southern city of Shenzhen.
Chairman of the People’s Bank of China And Gan (Yi Gang) said last month that more than 2 billion yuan have been spent using China’s digital currency to date in 4 million separate transactions..