China's CBDC Transactions Reach $14B as Uptake Slows: Report

Transaction volume in e-CNY has only increased by 14% in 2022 from the end of last year compared with the 154% growth recorded in the last six months of 2021.

AccessTimeIconOct 13, 2022 at 10:45 a.m. UTC
Updated Oct 13, 2022 at 2:55 p.m. UTC

Jamie Crawley is a CoinDesk news reporter based in London.

China's central bank digital currency (CBDC) reached the milestone of 100 billion yuan (US$13.9 billion) worth of transactions amid a slowdown in uptake, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported Thursday, citing People's Bank of China (PBOC) data.

This year, transaction volume in China's e-CNY has increased by 14% from the 87.6 billion yuan ($12 billion) recorded at the end of 2021, which is a big decrease when compared to the 154% growth seen between June and December of last year.

The PBOC did not provide an update on the number of e-CNY wallets opened, which reached 261 million at of the end of 2021, the report said.

The 100 billion yuan figure is also dwarfed by the volumes recorded by the country's top payment providers such as Tencent's WeChat Pay and Ant Group's Alipay. The latter, for example, processed payments worth 118 trillion yuan ($16.4 trillion) in the 12 months ending in June 2021, according to the SCMP's report. Ant Group is the fintech affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which also owns the SCMP.

China's e-CNY is being rolled out on a trial basis across the country, with 23 cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen now covered, the report said.

The central banks and governments of almost every major economy around the world have signaled intent to explore the development of a CBDC, partly in response to the rise in the use of cryptocurrencies and with one eye on China's ambitions in this area.








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