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Reports of more than 80 digital payments-related patents filed by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is offering concrete proof of the country’s moves to launch a CBDC.
According to the Financial Times, China’s central bank has filed 84 patents relating to its plans to launch a digital currency electronic payments DCEP system. The number of CBDC-related patents by the PBOC came after an investigative study by the U.S. Chamber of Digital Commerce.
These patents reportedly focus on designing protocols that will control the issuance and supply of digital renminbi, as well as frameworks for performing interbank settlements and integration of the CBDC with China’s existing retail banking infrastructure.
The reported patent filings also point to the proposed ‘tokenomics’ being considered by the DCEP working group. Some patents show plans towards programmed inflation control mechanisms.
Commenting on the scale of China’s digital currency plan, Perianne Boring, President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, said, “The theme is that China has made massive investments and are taking this very seriously. That is drastically different from the United States approach and this just highlights that.”
As previously reported by FortuneZ, Beijing’s work on its proposed digital currency is moving along smoothly but no word of any launch date announced by authorities.
China’s CBDC progress is causing a wave of interest across Europe and the United States. Beijing’s work on a sovereign digital currency which could be adopted by smaller nations has increased the pressure on central bankers in major economies to consider launching their own digital currencies.