The People’s Bank of China and four state departments confirmed their support for bidding regions in the southeastern province Zhejiang to carry out the next batch of digital yuan pilots.

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Fast facts

  • The support was revealed in a financial policy document that outlined the province’s financial development plans over the next five years.
  • The digital yuan, or e-CNY, is China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC), which topped US$11.24 billion in historical transactions last year.
  • Chinese media said the next batch of digital yuan pilot projects is “coming soon,” while five provinces and two municipalities other than Zhejiang have joined the race to serve as hosts.

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