Chinese digital currency to launch early as post-COVID-19 stimulus

The launch of the Chinese digital currency could be geared up to serve as a stimulus for the residents amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Part of the reason for the early launch of the digital currency is also to curb the potential threats by the United States on the country’s financial institutions.

China digital currency to aid economy recovery

A blockchain insider based in Beijing, Cao Yin disclosed the development on Tuesday, saying that the government could facilitate the early use of Chinese digital currency to support the recovery of the country’s economy. Specifically, Yin said it could be accelerated to serve as a stimulus for the residents, post-COVID-19.

Unarguably, the economy of several countries in the world has been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, which resulted in the lockdown of businesses and companies. The Chinese digital currency is believed to facilitate money flow toward companies in need, as well as the economy, said Yin.

The Chinese digital economy is expected to grow as well, given that the digital currency would reportedly satisfy the demand for an easy payment system and also safety in retail. Besides the early issuance of the Chinese digital currency, Yin mentioned that the government plans to increase its fiscal policy to grease the recovery of the Chinese economy.

Chinese digital currency to help curb US threats

Per the insider, the authorities plan to increase its deficit-to-GDP ratio to more than 3.6 percent and to cut fees, including the taxes for corporations in 2020 to 2.5 trillion yuan. However, there are complaints that many grassroots firms might not fully benefit from the favorable policy.

Another reason for the early release of the Chinese digital currency is to counter the potential threats from the United States onto the Chinese financial institutions and also the international settlement with the fiat currency, Yuan. Cao Yin noted:

Although the US hasn’t put Chinese financial firms and institutions onto its Entity List, the US may still pose widespread threats to Chinese institutions and impact the Yuan’s standing in international settlement.

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