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China unviels white paper to foster web3 development

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  • China has released a roadmap for web3 development, investing 100 million yuan annually until 2025 in Beijing’s Chaoyang district.
  • Recent signs, including a state-broadcasted Bitcoin segment, suggest a potential change in China’s cryptocurrency policy.
  • The white paper’s release interestingly coincides with new cryptocurrency regulations in Hong Kong, hinting at evolving regional dynamics.

China’s complicated relationship with the cryptocurrency industry has undergone a drastic twist. On May 27,  Beijing’s municipal government showcased a white paper heralding a commitment to accelerating the web3 industry’s growth.

The paper spotlights various research areas in the web3 industry, taking in artificial intelligence (AI), content production tools, and XR interactive terminals. It also heralds the swift evolution of novel applications, such as digital populations and collections, while highlighting the need for adaptive policy reforms to surmount inherent developmental challenges.

Zhongguancun Chaoyang Park, colloquially termed China’s Silicon Valley, will serve as the launch pad for these bold digital strides. The area’s Management Committee Director, Yang Hongfu, confirmed plans to commit no less than 100 million yuan (roughly $14 million) annually until 2025 to underpin this pioneering venture.

The future of China’s digital economy

The release of the white paper arrives at a crucial juncture, with anticipation mounting over forthcoming crypto regulations in Hong Kong. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao drew attention to the ‘interesting timing’ of the white paper’s launch, suggesting that China’s renewed commitment to web3 technology could indicate a broader shift in the country’s stance on cryptocurrencies.

In a clear departure from China’s erstwhile policy, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) showcased a segment featuring a Bitcoin logo and a Bitcoin ATM located in Hong Kong. Zhao posited that historically, similar coverage had presaged an uptick in market activity and price rises.

Though China’s tumultuous relationship with cryptocurrencies has been marked by prohibitions, most significantly a sweeping ban on mining in 2021, there are signs that the tide may be turning. The CCTV segment sparked speculation about a possible softening of China’s crypto stance, a development that could potentially send ripples across the global digital landscape.

This announcement underscores Beijing’s ambitious intent to emerge as a global nexus for digital innovation. As Hong Kong gears up to initiate its new cryptocurrency regulations on June 1 and the rest of the world follows the countdown, all eyes will be on China. As it stands on the cusp of a web3 future, the nation’s digital economy appears to be teetering on the edge of a new era.

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