China Establishes First-Ever Blockchain Zone in Central Province of Hunan

Sarah Tran   Mar 05, 2020 08:40

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The first provincial blockchain zone has been established in China, in the central Chinese province of Hunan. The “Wanbao” blockchain zone is located in the city of Loudi, marking the first blockchain zone in China, according to a local Chinese report.


China’s 2019 blockchain zone development report placed the city of Loudi at 17th among domestic blockchain zones. With a total of 788 blockchain enterprises established in Hunan, a few of the industry-leading enterprises include Shareslink, Hyperchain, Incite Data, and Shenzhen Defang Technology.


The province currently plans to build three major blockchain zones, including blockchain industrial parks in Wanbao district in Loudi, and other zones in Jingkai and Gaoxing in the city of  Changsha in the Hunan province. 


China implements new crypto law in sync with blockchain development


As a part of its plans for releasing its central bank digital currency (CBDC) soon, China has implemented a law to govern cryptographic password management.  


The crypto law was passed on Oct. 26, 2019, by the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress in China. Dividing passwords into three categories, including passwords, common passwords, and commercial passwords, will help to facilitate the country’s transition to blockchain technology. 


The development of blockchain technology would be in sync with the progress of cryptography, as Chinese leaders will be proposing policies to accelerate the development of blockchain technology.  


China looking into the application of blockchain for cross-border financing


China is researching the application of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence in cross-border financing, with a focus on risk management. 


Lu Lei, the deputy head of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) in China, said that there are plans to use blockchain and AI for cross-border financing after Facebook announced plans for its Libra stablecoin.  

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