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June 13, 2023

China Hopes Hard Wallets Will Accelerate Digital Yuan Adoption

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China’s hard wallets are offline digital yuan, which the nation developed for elderly citizens and children.

In an effort to boost the adoption of its CBDC, China is launching offline digital yuan “hard wallets” specifically designed for use by the elderly and children. The city of Changsha in Hunan Province is leading this initiative, citing that the widespread lack of smartphone ownership might hinder the broad adoption of the digital currency.

China Hopes Hard Wallets Will Accelerate Digital Yuan Adoption

Smartphone penetration in China is high in urban regions but significantly lower in rural areas. Changsha city authorities and state-run commercial banks have developed offline wallets to combat this. These wallets can operate using Integrated Circuit (IC) cards, certain 2G phones, wearable devices, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Hard wallets are designed to update balances automatically when they come into contact with internet-enabled devices. The city of Changsha is particularly focusing on boosting adoption in nearby villages under its governance. It has already introduced a hard wallet for residents of the Guangming village.

These hard wallets are anonymous upon issuance, password-enabled, and each wallet has a unique number. They store digital yuan certificates on a password-protected security chip. Users can make payments of up to $700 using these wallets. However, their primary design allows villagers to make password-free micro-payments, with a single transaction limit of around $70.

Digital Yuan Adoption

Huang, a 60-year-old villager from Guangming who doesn’t use a smartphone, successfully applied for a digital yuan hard wallet and used it to make a purchase at a local store. He praised the convenience of the new technology.

As the pilot project advances, Changsha city officials anticipate an increase in innovative application scenarios in the area. Last week, charities in China started accepting digital yuan donations from businesses and individuals, further paving the way for the CBDC’s adoption in various sectors. The digital yuan has also made its debut in the corporate loans sector, with IT firms receiving bank loans through digital yuan wallet transfers.

  • The central bank digital currency (CBDC) can be purchased with digital yuan at financial service providers in China. The CSRC has officially approved the first application scenario for the digital yuan.

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Nik is an accomplished analyst and writer at Metaverse Post, specializing in delivering cutting-edge insights into the fast-paced world of technology, with a particular emphasis on AI/ML, XR, VR, on-chain analytics, and blockchain development. His articles engage and inform a diverse audience, helping them stay ahead of the technological curve. Possessing a Master's degree in Economics and Management, Nik has a solid grasp of the nuances of the business world and its intersection with emergent technologies.

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