China’s state-owned Bank of Communications (Bocom) and China Construction Bank are discussing how the country’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) could be used to buy investment funds and insurance, the South China Morning Post reported Tuesday.
- The talks may lead to the currency finding a use outside of the daily, low-value payments originally envisioned for the program.
- For investments, China Construction Bank is working with Shanghai Tiantian Fund Distribution, the newspaper said, citing the bank’s earnings report. JC.com, an e-commerce company, is also involved.
- Bocom is looking at the CBDC’s uses, including insurance, executive vice-president Qian Bin said at an earnings briefing on Friday, according to the SCMP. Qian did not identify its partners in the project.
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