Six cities in Zhejiang province have begun experimenting with digital RMB payments for personal income tax, property tax and social security premiums ahead of an official announcement of the pilot programs, according to a local media report.
In addition, 72 toll road collection points in Fuzhou and Xiamen in Fujian province have started accepting digital yuan payments since Tuesday, and the payment experience is “no different from Alipay or WeChat Pay,” local media reported.
A total of eight cities in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces were included in a new batch of digital yuan pilots in April.
China’s central bank digital currency, known as the digital yuan or e-CNY, started trials in Shenzhen in October 2020 and recorded the equivalent of US$11.24 billion worth of transactions by the end of 2021.
In theory, the blockchain-based digital yuan cash flows are fully traceable, said Xu Yuan, a senior researcher with Peking University’s Digital Finance Research Center, in an interview with the South China Morning Post.