SCIO briefing on China's financial statistics in H1 2021

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Nihon Keizai Shimbun:

Since the autumn of 2020, the PBC has expanded trials of the digital RMB. Last week, a vice-governor of the PBC mentioned that the number of selected users in the trial had reached 10 million. Up to now, how does the PBC assess the effectiveness of the trial? Thank you. 

Ruan Jianhong:

I will answer this question. In 2019, the digital currency trial was launched in the cities of Shenzhen, Suzhou and Chengdu, Xiongan New Area and Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games venues. In October 2020, the trial expanded to the cities of Shanghai, Changsha, Xi'an, Qingdao and Dalian, and Hainan province. The selection of participants in the digital RMB R&D pilot is based on major national development strategies, the coordinated regional development strategy, and the characteristics of local industries and economies. At present, the pilot provinces and cities cover the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, central, western, northeast, and northwest China, which are broadly representative and conducive to testing and assessing promising prospects of the digital RMB in different regions. 

The trial of the digital RMB follows the principle of stability, safety, and controllability, focusing on small and retail payments for some selected groups of users. During the trial, various sectors have shown a keen interest in the digital RMB, and users in the pilot areas are very active. The testing scenarios have included living costs, catering services, transportation, shopping, and government services. The digital RMB pilot programs are expanding in an orderly manner, with a gradual increase in application scenarios and innovations in application modes. The system is in a stable operation overall. Thank you. 

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