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China’s digital yuan aims to halt US ‘dollarisation’, boost retail payments

China’s sovereign digital currency is designed primarily to grow retail payments at home and prevent the dominance of the US dollar, rather than address threats raised by cryptocurrencies or stablecoins, a former central bank governor says.

Zhou Xiaochuan, who led the People’s Bank of China from 2002-18, said China was working hard to establish its digital currency and electronic payment (DCEP) system, but its focus differed from the Group of 7 (G7) principals.

“What they are concerned about is mainly to deal with the challenges raised by Libra, bitcoin and similar digital encrypted currencies,” Zhou said during a video conference on Tuesday at the Eurasia Forum, an event hosted by the Hungarian central bank.

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