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There is now a new  report  from the cryptocurrency exchange Binance stating that China will have a two-tiered cryptocurrency

In the report, Binance says the  Chinese Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)  digital legal tender centrally issued by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), backed 1:1 by fiat reserves.

The document says:

On the first layer, the PBoC would issue and redeem China’s CBDC via commercial banks.

On the second layer, commercial banks would be responsible for re-distributing China’s CBDC to retail market participants. Yet, on this second layer, the use of blockchain remains undecided (“blockchain as an option”) as the PBoC still hasn’t drafted a clear technical roadmap for its digital currency.


Sounds daunting right? Well, they have provided some diagrams to clear this all up. (Images from Binance)


China cryptocurrency


The first image above shows how the companies and banks apply for the new cryptocurrencies.  



China cryptocurrency tier

While this second image shows how coins can be circulated and redistributed to the people of China and possibly the world.  


The first layer  features a direct interaction between commercial banks and the People’s Bank of China (PBoC). Namely, the central bank would issue and redeem its CBDC only via commercial banks. These banks include China Construction Bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the Bank of China, the Agricultural Bank of China. Interestingly, other partners would include Union Pay (Chinese banking association) and online payment service providers like Alibaba and Tencent.


The Second layer shows the Chinese CDBC would also be token-based. Financial institutions like commercial banks would also be responsible for distributing CBDCs to the general public as well as businesses, which would then circulate the CBDC. From the perspective of both individuals and businesses, the deposit and withdrawal processes would occur in a similar fashion as a normal interaction with their domestic commercial banks (according to Binance).


So there you have it, it’s turning into quite the saga but Binance says it is going ahead and they have some pretty compelling evidence to prove it.