Winter is coming and so are the Beijing Winter Olympics, in just four months. Yet, in spite of the falling temperatures, China is only heating up when it comes to rolling out its CBDC.
Now, more businesses are joining in to spread the digital renminbi and promote its use in diverse ways. However, there are also claims that the Chinese authorities are forcing some American companies to get with the program.
China isn’t chilling
On 20 October, Financial Times reported that the Chinese authorities wanted McDonald’s to widen its Shanghai e-CNY payments pilot to include more of the country – before Beijing 2022. The American fast-food chain did not disclose if it was under pressure, but claimed it would focus on customers’ feedback.
On the other hand, Chinese services and businesses have been more active in normalizing the e-CNY. For example, a promotional scheme allows Beijing commuters to get coupons if they use the digital renminbi for public transportation. The coupons would let fares fall as low as 0.01 yuan [$0.0016 at press time].
Furthermore, on 11 November – a popular day for shopping and sales across China – the JD.com retailer will also be supporting e-CNY payments and giving out coupons for the same.
What’s more, there are reportedly e-CNY trials running in around 10 areas. with Beijing 2022 use cases and related hardware also under development.
Changchun Mu, Director-General of the Digital Currency Institute of the People’s Bank of China, recently stated,
“Payment methods such as QR code and tap-and- go have been well-supported and innovative services such as dual-offline payment and wearable device payment have been tested for safety and efficiency.”