A weekly overview of blockchain and cryptocurrency news from China and Hong Kong
It’s been a busy week in the cryptocurrency spheres of China and Hong Kong. Digital Currency Electronic Payment, the official digital currency of China, continues to draw headlines in the country after the People’s Bank of China partnered with the Shenzhen government to distribute DCEP “red packets” to 50,000 citizens through a lottery. Meanwhile, cryptocurrency exchanges and miners are gearing up for the official launch of Filecoin on Oct. 15.
Here is everything you might have missed regarding these stories, and more, in this week’s edition of OKEx Insights’ China Market Watch.
DCEP red packets distributed to Shenzhen citizens
The People’s Bank of China partnered with the Shenzhen government to distribute red packets of DCEP to 50,000 citizens through a lottery, according to an announcement on Oct. 8. Each red packet was worth 200 RMB.
The distribution of DCEP red packets was completed on Oct. 11, and recipients may spend their gifted DCEP at 3,389 designated merchants in Shenzhen’s Luohu district.
- This is the first public trial for citizen DCEP spending in China. Walmart, Sinopec and Vanguard are among the top merchants that such spenders can shop at in Shenzhen’s trial.
- Citizens may also spend their DCEP in Shenzhen’s metro.
- Recipients need to spend their DCEP before Oct. 19 and cannot transfer their DCEP to their personal bank account. Unspent DCEP will be collected by the government after the expiration date.
Filecoin’s official launch widely anticipated in China
The Chinese cryptocurrency community is looking forward to the official launch of Filecoin — which is expected to take place on Oct. 15, when the mainnet has reached block height 148,888.
Cryptocurrency exchanges — such as OKEx — are gearing up to list Filecoin’s token, FIL, immediately after the official mainnet launch. Filecoin launched its testnet, “Space Race,” in late August, which gathered 230 pebibytes of storage power from 360 miners worldwide.
- As a decentralized file-storage provider, Filecoin first gained widespread attention during its $257 million ICO in 2017. There have since been multiple delays in the launch of the project’s mainnet.
- A consortium of miners and venture capitalists in China, led by Filecoin mining company MIX Group, are not satisfied with the reward structure of FIL mining and threatened to fork Filecoin in mid-September.
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