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Facebook’s Libra will not succeed, says China’s Huang Qifan

Sahana Kiran

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Soon after the Chinese Congress passed ‘The Cryptography Law,’ several influencers of the cryptocurrency industry went on to applaud the country for the latest development as this move would bolster the adoption of crypto. However, not many seemed to look at this development kindly as many expressed concerns over China taking the state-backed lead in the ecosystem. A Chinese official recently addressed the same at an event.

Among those who are skeptical of China’s plan is Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg who went on to testify that soon after Facebook announced the Libra project, China collaborated with several companies, including Alibaba and WeChat, to roll out a Digital RMB.

Huang Qifan, former Deputy Director of the Congressional Financial and Economic Affairs Committee, spoke at the Shanghai Bund Summit and asserted,

“The People’s Bank of China has been studying DC/EP for five or six years, and I think it has matured. The People’s Bank of China is probably the first central bank to introduce digital currency in the world.”

Zuckerberg had also highlighted that the U.S. had to reconsider the risk of hindering innovation as China is way ahead in the game, asserting that Facebook’s Libra could benefit the U.S. in competing with other countries in the financial race. However, Qifan disagreed and went on to say,

 “I don’t believe Libra will succeed.”

The Vice Chairman of the China International Economic Exchange Center went into detail about how certain private companies try to challenge sovereign currency by issuing Bitcoin or Libra. However, he pointed out that since these currencies aren’t backed by sovereign credit, the value of these currencies cannot be stabilized, nor can the issue base be guaranteed, which in turn would make it difficult for them to form social wealth.

Further, the official also admitted that he hopes to see new rules that would enable the value of DCEP to be backed by the country’s gold reserves, sovereign credit, fiscal revenue, as well as the national GDP.

The former Deputy Director also revealed that about 24 governments have been developing DLT via 90 multinational companies. However, he refused to clarify or expand on the statement.

Sahana is a full-time cryptocurrency journalist at AMBCrypto. A graduate in Political Science and Journalism, her writing is centered around regulation and policy-making regarding the cryptocurrency sector across geographies.