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China steps up its digital currency game

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Miguel A. Rodriguez
Miguel A. Rodriguez
08 December 2020
JD.com becomes the first company to accept the digital yuan

As the world is developing at a fast pace, money seems to be evolving too, and China got its grip as one of its largest retailers is accepting payment in digital #currencies.

JD.com announced that it became the first online platform in #China to accept the digital yuan. Unlike the regular cryptocurrencies and Facebook’s Diem, the People’s Bank of China controls and issues the digital yuan, and it is known as the central’s bank digital currency (CBDC).  

This is not the first time the digital yuan comes up, because in October, the government in #Shenzhen – which is considered China’s technology hub - held a lottery through which it handed out 10 million #yuan to citizens. 

JD.com’s announcement came as Suzhou was preparing to test the digital currency. The company will hold a lottery where people will receive a total of 20 million yuan, via a “red packet” with a maximum of 200 yuan through an #app.  After receiving it, people can spend the money on JD.com’s platform.

Following the news, JD.com’s stock price went up 0.49%.

Sources: cnbc.com, finance.yahoo.com  

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Miguel A. Rodriguez
Miguel A. Rodriguez
Financial Writer

Miguel worked for major financial institutions such as Banco Santander, and Banco Central-Hispano. He is a published author of currency trading books.