China launches national blockchain center to train half a million specialists

On May 10, the National Blockchain Technology Innovation Center, first announced in February, has officially started its work in the capital city of Beijing. The Center will collaborate with local universities, think tanks and blockchain businesses to develop blockchain implementation in China. The institution will reportedly train more than 500,000 specialists in distributed ledger technology (DLT). 

The Beijing Academy of Blockchain and Edge Computing is leading the Center. Developed by the Academy, the ChainMaker blockchain will serve as the blueprint for the Center’s developments. ChainMaker is already supported by a group of 50 business corporations, most of which are state-owned, including big names like China Construction Bank and China Unicom. As reported by local media, the Center will accelerate the construction of “ultra-large-scale” blockchain computing power clusters.

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According to Zheng Zhiming, professor of the School of Mathematics and Systems Science at Beihang University, the Center’s mission is to tie various blockchain use cases in the country, so-called “blockchain islands”, into a single cohesive network:

Connecting blockchain application platforms and aggregating blockchain application ecology will significantly enhance blockchain innovation capabilities and core competitiveness.

With the crackdown on cryptocurrencies still in force, the Chinese government continues the active research of possibilities the digital economy offers. Chinese companies are studying methods to develop AI via weaker semiconductors and combinations of chips to bypass reliance on a single type of high-tech hardware imported mostly from the United States.

The country also marches on with its central bank digital currency (CBDC) project. In April, it announced expanding the use cases for digital yuan for its Belt and Road Initiative and cross-border trades.

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