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China’s Digital Yuan: The Slow Train Wreck for the Dollar

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China’s latest move to pilot the digital yuan (e-CNY) in cross-border payments is a significant step towards reducing global dependence on the U.S. dollar. Announced by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, this program will allow Hong Kong residents to use digital yuan wallets, potentially transforming international finance. As the digital yuan gains traction, the dollar faces increasing pressure, highlighting the slow-motion wreck unfolding for the U.S. currency. This development signals a major shift, with China leading the charge away from dollar dominance.

In what is certainly a massive development for China’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has announced a brand new pilot program to enable the usage of the digital yuan (e-CNY) in cross-border payments. The development could have massive ramifications for the asset’s expanded presence.

The success of such a pilot program could further increase the international reach of digital currency. Moreover, the May 17th announcement will seek to increase safety, security, convenience, and innovation in the CBDC’s cross-border payments between Hong Kong and Mainland China.

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Hong Kong Digital Yuan to Enter Cross-Border Pilot

Throughout the last few years, the prominence of CBDCs has become an increasing facet of the finance sector. Indeed, a plethora of nations across the globe have sought to implement projects to embrace the growing trend. Now, one of the most successful countries in the development of a digital currency is seeking to expand its relevance.

Amid the BRICS bloc’s embrace of digital currencies, China’s CBDC is set to get a massive boost as the HKMA announced its digital yuan would embark on a pilot program to test its cross-border payment capabilities. Indeed, the announcement arrived after China began exploring cross-border potential in November of last year.

The project will also encourage Hong Kong residents to set up their own e-CNY wallets using mobile phone numbers. However, the plan does prohibit peer-to-peer transactions between citizens. Still, it is a step in the right direction for the growing usage of the digital currency.

The plan will allow Hong Kong citizens to fund wallets with digital yuan through a variety of retail banks. Additionally, the HKMA has stated its plans to continue upgrading e-CNY wallets through a tier program. Moreover, the plan will seek to implement support for corporate use cases regarding cross-border payments.

This article originally appeared on Watcher.Guru

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