The financial analyst and Global Head of Equity Strategy at Jefferies – Christopher Wood – opined that the Chinese officials want no competition for its digital renminbi. That is why they enforced the crackdown on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies lately.
China Cares About its CBDC Not Carbon Footprint
Christopher Wood – the prominent financial analyst focused on the Asian market – surmised that there is more to the story behind China’s negative stance against crypto mining and trading. In his opinion, the authorities do not truly care about CO2 emissions and the environment as they may have claimed before. All they aim for is to neutralize the competition to its own digital yuan:
“Certainly, the decentralized aspects of blockchain technology, which is so appealing to libertarians opposed to fiat currencies as state monopolies, is the complete antithesis of China’s collectivist system.
The People’s Republic of China clearly understands this. This is certainly a far more important issue to Beijing than the carbon generating aspects of bitcoin mining.”
Wood predicted that the most populated country is very close to launching its CBDC as he expects that to happen at the end of 2021:
“China does not want any competition when it launches the digital renminbi nationally, most likely in the fourth quarter of this year.”
Compared to China, the financial analyst expects the US to be far more flexible and accommodative towards cryptocurrencies. He noted that such bans are not likely to happen in western countries.
China’s War on Crypto
In late May, the Financial Stability and Development Committee of the State Council of China reiterated the ban on Bitcoin mining and trading. A local journalist noted that “this is the first time that the highest level of the Chinese Government has clearly proposed a blow to the mining industry.” Following the announcement, bitcoin’s dollar value plummeted by nearly $5,000 in a matter of one hour.
The fiat currency price of the primary digital asset suffered another significant blow last week when the Agricultural Bank of China announced a ban on crypto usage. The third-largest bank in the country disallowed its customers to interact with bitcoin and other digital assets.
The crypto community speculated that the giant state-run bank intensified its adverse crypto stance because of the incoming digital yuan. It comes as no surprise that the third-largest Chinese bank is actually working on the e-yuan and has launched previous tests.