Amid the coronavirus pandemic, China’s central bank has reportedly completed the basic development of the nation’s central bank digital currency. The central bank is now drafting legislation for its circulation, according to local media. A number of patents have revealed what the digital yuan will be like.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Could Accelerate the Launch of China’s Sovereign Digital Currency

China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), is reportedly closer to issuing its own digital currency, Chinese publication Global Times reported on Tuesday, citing an unnamed industry insider. The central bank, in collaboration with private companies, “has completed development of the sovereign digital currency’s basic function and is now drafting relevant laws to pave the way for its circulation,” the publication detailed. The insider elaborated:

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