中国区块链技术输出海外:近5月已辐射6国

11月18日人民日报海外网报道,斯洛伐克驻华大使在接受采访时表示,在斯洛伐克和中国的共同努力下,中国—中东欧区块链卓越中心不久前在北京举行了揭牌仪式。

据悉,该中心致力于将区块链技术从早期市场带入主流应用市场,为新能源智能汽车、电子消费服务等领域的新技术新产品提供更多应用机会。

互链脉搏关注到,这已不是中国首次在国际合作中运用和发展区块链技术。随着中国区块链实力的不断提升,我国在国际上的技术辐射力也不断变强。

一方面,在国际合作中我国的区块链技术逐渐“走出去”,不断输出海外;另一方面,海外多国在“引进来”,借鉴中国的区块链发展模式。

而在这之中,最先受到影响的是我国的周边国家,北有俄罗斯,南有泰国、菲律宾、柬埔寨,均曾在合作中受到中国区块链技术的支持;此外圣马力诺、德国等欧洲国家,巴西等拉丁美洲国家也曾受到中国区块链发展的影响。

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中国区块链技术:5个月辐射6个国家、组织


 

互链脉搏观察,仅2019年下半年,我国企业就已与6个国家、组织合作,推进区块链技术在各国和国际上的应用。

距今最近的是与浪潮与俄罗斯的合作项目。2019年11月7日,浪潮、俄罗斯国家出口中心、俄罗斯中俄商会签署协议。三方基于浪潮质量链平台,展示产品全要素质量大数据,为企业提供质量提升及知识产权保护服务,助力两国食品、农产品全产业链合作,促进“一带一路”及“欧亚经济联盟”建设发展。

北方,中国与俄罗斯运用区块链促跨境贸易发展;南方,中国企业与泰国和菲律宾的合作,分别落在医疗、金融方面。

今年8月时,迅雷链将区块链技术应用于泰国那黎宣大学直接管理的490多间医疗机构,使其病例信息上链,且在用户授权的基础上实现不同医院之间的数据互通,这一技术极大促进了泰国就医体验和医疗水平。

据悉,那黎宣大学医院计划未来将服务范围扩大到泰国5个府,将合作医疗结构增加到750家,届时每日接待病人数量将达1万人。而这也就意味着迅雷链的区块链技术将在泰国服务近千家医疗机构和数百万病患。

在此之前的7月,中国平安旗下的金融壹账通宣布与菲律宾联合银行旗下公司UBX合作,共同构建菲律宾第一个由区块链技术驱动的科技平台,以满足菲律宾国内中小微企业的融资需求。而这已是金融壹帐通继成功开拓泰国、马来西亚、印尼等国家的合作项目之后,在东南亚地区的又一个金融科技平台服务项目。

不仅是上述周边国家,远在欧洲的德国、圣马力诺,同样有和中国提供区块链技术的企业合作。

就在今年10月,成都局集团公司牵头会同德铁货运、德铁信可及成都国际班列公司,首次在由德国巴伐利亚发往中国四川的中欧班列上应用统一运单,同时,运单信息均进入中国铁路成都局集团“一单制”区块链平台。

据悉,该平台是由成都局集团公司自主研发的,并在今年8月时上线试运行,签发全国首张区块链铁路运单。10月时,平台新增“国际联运”模块,生成全国首个中欧班列区块链运单数据。

而另一边的圣马力诺,则是在今年7月份时与中国的唯链展开了合作。。

除上述国家之外,联合国贸易和发展会议也有与中国企业合作,运用区块链技术发展跨境电子商务领域。

2019年7月时,中国丝路集团和联合国贸易和发展会议签署合作协议,承诺在跨境电子商务领域展开合作,利用区块链技术为跨境电子商务搭建存证、举证平台,共同致力于保护消费者权益。根据协议,中国丝路集团提供区块链技术等方案所需的技术支持,而贸发会议则提供相应的法律支持等。

 

中国区块链模式:形成中国区块链磁场


 

互链脉搏观察到,上述几个国家、组织与中国企业合作,多是运用中国的区块链技术发展跨境商贸领域。而其实,在区块链应用落地之外,我国的区块链发展模式也受到了海外多国的关注。

深圳是我国最早的经济特区之一,而与之相对,有“柬埔寨的深圳”之称的西哈努克港经济特区,也已成为新型发展模式的试验田。

有媒体报道,柬埔寨Garlic Chain效法中国套路,采取从试点推广到全面推广的策略。Garlic Chain引进中国技术,在经济特区孵化数字金融与贸易体系,选择旅游、娱乐、国贸为起点,试验性推广应用。

此外,今年9月时有报道称,巴西中央银行已决定放弃目前认为缓慢且昂贵的支付系统,新的基于区块链的即时支付系统将于2020年11月启动,并完全上链,完成区块链化。让使用者可以通过QR码(二维条码的一种)直接实现转账等从前需要有银行账户支撑才能使用的功能。这个目标与中国即将发行的“数字化人民币”的计划,不谋而合。

而在10月末,我国宣布将重点放在区块链技术上之后,韩国也随之追加了投资。

10月29日消息,经韩国科学和信息通信技术部证实,该国政府将在2020年对区块链项目投资约1280万美元。同时,该部概述了一系列支出计划,希望能有助于促进公共和私营部门的区块链计划,并希望培训新一代的区块链专家。

中国的区块链发展,似乎正不断形成强大的磁场,影响各国的发展模式和策略。

而这一磁场作用力,恰是基于中国区块链立足于国际市场的持续积累。

例如,在2018年5月时,广西政府主导的中国东盟区块链产业园落地,广西民族大学华南区块链大数据法治战略研究院院长齐爱民担任产业顾问。因广西有辐射东盟的战略地位,广西做中国-东盟区块链产业园可很好地容纳东盟的资本,将中国-东盟区块链产业园做中国东盟数字经济大通道。

而在此类积累与实践的基础上,中国区块链在国际市场上的发声渐有“回响”,我国正在走向“技术自信”。

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国家信息中心朱幼平:未来所有的金融企业都是区块链企业

来源:中国银行保险报

原标题:“未来所有的金融企业都是区块链企业”——专访著名区块链经济学者、国家信息中心中国经济信息网研究员朱幼平

记者 赵辉

“区块链是个新的百年财富逻辑,它将从根本上改变产能过剩与金融、实体经济的匹配问题,从而消除经济危机。”说到此处,朱幼平眼睛发亮,激动地差点站起来。这位著名区块链经济学者,国家信息中心中经网管理中心研究员带着他标志性的帽子,坐在我面前。谈到酣处,声音洪亮,一种朴素的学者情怀天然地流淌在我面前。

对于他而言,区块链的魅力是无穷的。早已成为他未来的挚爱与信仰。2013年,他在研究2008年以来金融危机后全球的政策治理时,发现一些难以破解的问题。这些问题在他的脑海中挥之不去。到了2015年,他在代表单位和中国版权保护中心在关于数字版权公共服务平台方面的合作中,寻找适合的技术,区块链进入他的视野。后来参加一个区块链会议时。他惊讶地发现,包括微众银行、淘宝、万向等著名企业已经在区块链上有着深入的研究和应用了。区块链为什么有这么大的魔力?他受到很大触动,开始深入研究。2016年,他发表了自己关于区块链的第一篇文章:《迎接数字资源时代到来》,提出资产上链化、资产数据化、数据通证化,引起业内强烈反响。此后,其对于这个领域的执着与热情便一发不可收拾。

2017年到2018年,当比特币疯涨,投机盛行,监管出手时。他陷入思考:区块链到底是泡沫,还是改造世界的力量。他发现,比特币和区块链不是一回事,区块链从根本上带来的是生产关系的革命。在2018年7月3日他第一次提出了“链改”的概念,在他看来区块链不仅仅是技术革命,它更多的是对企业和经济组织的治理革命。“链改创造一个全新的、高效的经济系统;未来链改加上区块链分布式账本和融资功能,也将会替代工业化+公司制+IPO,是数字科技和数字经济经济增长的新希望。区块链将真正解决工业时代,产能过剩和资本过剩的问题。”他坚信这一点。

“未来,所有金融企业都是区块链企业,区块链的代码信用将颠覆金融领域的一切。”朱幼平谈及区块链对金融业的影响。那么区块链将如何改造社会,如何改造金融企业?近期,《中国银行保险报》对其进行了专访。

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区块链改造世界


 

《中国银行保险报》:请谈谈您的链改思想?

朱幼平:在我看来所谓链改,就是区块链改造世界,全面升级经济、社会和企业的底层逻辑。区块链不仅是技术,也是一场治理革命。我提出的链改有三个逻辑支点支撑:技术革命、金融革命、组织革命。

我认为,区块链是一个新的百年级别的财富逻辑。按照这个逻辑重塑企业经济和社会组织,才能真正让整个人类摆脱金融、经济危机,实现数字时代的财富增长的的路径。

区块链带来技术革命。我认为,区块链就是第二代互联网,区块链与同时代的大数据、AI、5G、物联网、移动终端、生命科技、航天科技等,是平行的,是数字科技的一个组成部分。区块链的链式账本、集体共识、非对称加密、分布式存储和运算、点对点通信、智能合作、跨链等技术,是防伪防篡改的去中介的信用机器,能够解决经济和社会发展的很多技术痛点问题。

区块链带来金融革命。区块链真正颠覆和改变传统金融业的底层逻辑。它用代码信用代替了权威机构的信用:传统金融业依赖机构信用,背后是人;未来金融业依赖代码信用,背后是区块链强大的非对称加密与集体共识机制,这种机制最高明的黑客都无法篡改。金融业立身之本就是风控和信用,而区块链的代码信用机制重塑了它们的逻辑体系,这将重新定义金融市场的形式与效率。比如以前做一笔贸易,可能需要各种证明,各种结算,需要几个月。而区块链成为底层后,依托它所累积的代码信用记录,几分钟就可以完成。

这样区块链能够克服传统金融的信息不对称、信用不足、速度效率不高等种种弊端,全面系统改造升级甚至颠覆传统货币、银行、证券、保险、投资等金融系统,以适应数字时代需要。

区块链带来组织革命。区块链通过防伪防篡改的数据、陌生人互信、通证激励、智能合约等机制,创造了DAO社区,即共有、共商、共建、共营、共享的组织模式。这对于传统组织体系是一种颠覆。传统企业里,领导者和员工在某种意义上是博弈的关系,前者希望员工多干活,少拿工资;而员工希望自己少干活,多拿工资。但是区块链则打破了这种博弈关系。通过它的智能合约机制,把目标设置好,利益分配机制、激励机制设置好后,就可以实现自组织合作。这就变成了一个新型财富组织的新生产模式,带来了组织革命。

在这种模式下,个性化生产也得以实现。传统的生产线建立在批量基础之上,由上下游串联。但是我们已经进入到数字化时代,每个人的需求是个性化的,生产又是统一,机械的,个性化需求得不到满足,这就往往带来产能过剩。互联网、大数据让客户的个性化需求得以呈现,但由于生产流程的弹性不足,很难完全满足这样的需求。而“互联网+区块链”则可以解决上述问题。互联网解决信息不对称的问题,区块链解决在生产、供应、消费这个链条里每个人的激励问题。在此基础之上可以在不牺牲批量生产效率基础上,可以实现个性化的定制。我们的经济会进入到新一轮的财富增长模式。

 

区块链给金融企业带来变革


 

《中国银行保险报》:区块链会对于金融企业带来哪些变革?

朱幼平:未来所有的银行会变成区块链银行,保险公司会变成区块链保险公司,股票会成为区块链股票。区块链的核心是代码信用,这个逻辑比传统金融机构要高级。一方面它是一个新型的,更靠谱的信用。另一方面,它的风险防范控制机制要比现在强得多,因为它所有数据都是在链上跑的,是不可篡改的,避免了信息不对称、造假、欺诈行为产生。除此外,它的速度、效率比现在要高得多。

之前所有金融机构采用的是权威机构信用,这个信用里面有很多人为的因素,它们可能加剧了风险,降低了效率,但是这个痛点没有办法用传统的方法来解决。但是代码信用解决了这个问题。原来,银行放贷款,需要复杂的信用背书。但是在区块链上做贷款,由于区块链的信用记录不可篡改,所以不需要那么多的信用背书。再如跨境支付,要有委托书和很多证明文件。由于区块链是一种不可篡改的信用,应用区块链后,就无需复杂的手续。再如,传统金融中介下,由于信息不对称和金融机构的逐利性与强烈的风险规避性,许多需要融资的领域得不到匹配的资金支持,但是区块链的代码信用下,资本可以在链上,向融资洼地流动,而无需担忧信用与风险问题。

所有金融企业未来都要被区块链所改造,否则就会被淘汰。现在大家看一个银行,都是漂亮的大楼、中心地段、员工西装革履、大量的网点,这背后都是高昂的成本。而区块链则可以替代这些成本,它把所有的数据中心串联起来,利用加密共识的代码信用,形成一种新型的业务体系。

区块链的速度与效率是传统金融机构所不能比拟的,例如原来互联网下,做一笔贷款,需要几个月,而用区块链,可能需要几分钟。在这种情况下,用区块链做融资、做存贷、做贸易金融、做支付结算等等,正成为一股世界潮流。

《中国银行保险报》:区块链对于金融业中的保险企业将带来哪些变革?

朱幼平:对于保险企业而言,从承保、理赔、核赔、查勘、定损的整个流程,区块链都将带来颠覆式的改变。例如之前保险企业面临的一大痛点是骗保。如果用了区块链,投保人所有的数据都是不可篡改和可追溯的,在这种情况下,骗保是不可能的。

再如,保险企业经营的链条比较长,各个环节之间需要有效的协同。过去协同不好的原因就是各个环节的数据孤岛,数据无法相互采信,这样业务链条处理效率就比较低。但现在可以用区块链将数据管理起来,让它们可以相互采信,使得业务的处理效率得到迅速提升。

除此外,区块链能够通过加密记账和智能合约的方式,让业务协同各方的贡献得以自动记录,激励得以自动分配,这就大大提升协同的效率。因此,目前有很多保险公司已经用区块链做它的业务管理和运行的平台。

US SEC Takes Another Look at Rejected Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Proposal

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US to Strictly Enforce Crypto Rules Similar to FATF Guidelines

US to Strictly Enforce Crypto Rules Similar to FATF Guidelines

US to Strictly Enforce Crypto Rules Similar to FATF Guidelines

The U.S. government will strictly enforce the rules on cryptocurrencies similar to the standards recommended by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has reaffirmed that its “Travel” rule applies to cryptocurrencies. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve has flagged stablecoin as a potential risk to the U.S. financial system in a new report.

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Fincen Expects Compliance

The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (Fincen) will strictly enforce anti-money laundering (AML) rules on cryptocurrencies, Director Kenneth Blanco reportedly said on Friday. Fincen is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury with a mission to combat money laundering and safeguard the country’s financial system from illicit use.

The bureau requires cryptocurrency firms engaged in money service businesses, including crypto exchanges and wallet service providers, to share information about their customers. Specifically, the “Travel” rule requires them to verify their customers’ identities, identify the original parties and beneficiaries of fund transfers that are $3,000 or higher, and transmit that information to counterparties if they exist.

US to Strictly Enforce Crypto Rules Similar to FATF Guidelines

The Travel rule was first issued by Fincen in 1996 as part of the AML standards for all U.S. financial institutions. The rule was expanded in March 2013 to apply to crypto exchanges and reinforced in the crypto guidance issued in May this year. Reuters noted that the May guidance confused some businesses, as they thought the rule did not apply to them. At a conference hosted by blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis on Friday, Blanco was quoted as saying:

It (travel rule) applies to CVCs (convertible virtual currencies) and we expect that you will comply period.

“That’s what our expectation is. You will comply. I don’t know what the shock is. This is nothing new,” he reiterated. The Travel rule is the most common violation for money service businesses engaged in cryptocurrencies, the director revealed, adding that Fincen has been conducting examinations which include ensuring compliance of the Travel rule since 2014.

FATF Standards and the Travel Rule

The AML rules enforced by Fincen are similar to those recommended by the FATF, an inter-governmental policymaking body whose purpose is to establish international standards to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The FATF issued its new guidance for crypto assets and related service providers in June.

US to Strictly Enforce Crypto Rules Similar to FATF Guidelines

At the June G20 leaders’ summit in Japan, the U.S. and other countries reaffirmed their commitments to applying the FATF standards. The G20 finance ministers and central bank governors similarly announced their commitments to implementing them. However, the crypto industry has raised several concerns regarding the challenges in applying the rules, which are not legally binding but countries that refuse to comply risk being put on a blacklist.

Like Fincen, the FATF has recommended crypto asset service providers and regulators worldwide to implement the rules similar to the Travel rule, giving them about a year to do it from June. However, the threshold set by the FATF is $1,000 or 1,000 euros. In October, the FATF revealed that its “assessments will specifically look at how well countries have implemented these measures.” It remains to be seen if Fincen will further update its rules on crypto assets.

Fed Flags Stablecoin as Risk to Financial Stability

Coinciding with Director Blanco’s statement, the U.S. Federal Reserve issued a report Friday following its recent semi-annual financial stability review. The 60-page report has a dedicated section on stablecoin which the Fed has flagged as a potential risk to the country’s financial system.

US to Strictly Enforce Crypto Rules Similar to FATF Guidelines

While acknowledging the benefits of innovation, the Fed believes that “the possibility for a stablecoin payment network to quickly achieve global scale introduces important challenges and risks related to financial stability, monetary policy, safeguards against money laundering and terrorist financing, and consumer and investor protection.”

Shortly after Facebook announced its plans for the Libra project, a number of countries raised concerns over the digital currency. Several U.S. lawmakers have tried to shut down the project and some countries have increased their efforts on central bank digital currencies to compete with Libra. Noting that it is not looking to issue its own digital currency at this time, the Fed said that a number of challenges must be resolved before Libra can be launched in the country.

What do you think of Fincen strictly enforcing its crypto rules and the Fed flagging stablecoin as a risk to the U.S. financial system? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Bank of America Shuts Former PayPal Exec’s Bank Account and may have also Closed Justin Sun’s

Bank of America Shuts Former PayPal Exec’s Bank Account and may have also Closed Justin Sun’s

Tron (TRX) CEO Justin Sun is the latest crypto executive to have his account terminated by a Wall Street Bank. Ex-PayPal executive Roelof Botha, also suffered a similar fate with commentators highlighting the need for greater crypto adoption amid financial censorship from mainstream actors.

“Bitcoin Fixes This”

Sun’s tweet was in response to Botha’s early tweet, where the ex-PayPal executive stated that the Bank of America (BofA) had terminated his account. Though at the time of publishing, that tweet is unusually no longer available.

On Monday (November 18, 2019), Botha shared a screenshot of a notification received concerning the closure of the account from the BofA. According to the screenshot, the bank took the action after evaluating Botha’s banking

But the venture capitalist seemed to be at a loss as to why the American bank would close his account without a reason. 

“After being a customer of @BankofAmerica for 20 years, I received this notice today that they decided to fire me as their customer! With absolutely no explanation.”

Vinny Lingham, CEO of Civic, asked if the former PayPal executive bought bitcoin, a question which suggested could be a reason for the bank’s action. Also, other commenters were quick to welcome Botha to the crypto community, while also seeing the action of BofA as an opportunity for bitcoin. Others stated the popular phrase in the virtual currency space: “Bitcoin fixes this.”, thereby urging Botha to consider bitcoin. 

However, some other commenters were quick to state that the former PayPal executive got a taste of what it looked like to be dumped without explanation. According to an earlier report by BTCManager, the online payments company, PayPal, cut off its services to thousands of PornHub models without an official explanation for its actions.

In response, the crypto community suggested that the adult entertainment community switch to bitcoin and other digital currencies because they were censorship-resistant. 

Crypto Association is Anathema for Wall Street Banks

The action from the BofA comes as no surprise, as Wall Street Banks have a history of anti-crypto leanings. The excuse most of these banks give is that digital currency is used for terrorist funding and money laundering.

The BofA earlier banned customers from buying digital currencies with its debit and credit cards, stating that the crypto payment system is not as transparent as the mainstream banking system.  Also, back in July 2019, a Wells Fargo customer complained about the inability to carry purchase virtual currency on the account.

In response to the customer’s complaint, the Wall Street bank stated that it prohibited crypto transactions, a reply that didn’t go down well with the crypto community. 

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Make No Mistake, Crypto is Still Hated by Beijing Despite Bullish Blockchain Pivot

In late-October, Bitcoin incurred an explosive rally that sent its price from lows of $7,300 to highs of over $10,600. This price rally came just hours after the Chinese President made bullish comments on blockchain technology, which generated optimism that these comments would mark the start of a pivot away from the country’s predatory policies on crypto.

In spite of this, a recent segment on a Chinese state-sponsored media channel elucidates that Beijing is still ardently opposed to cryptocurrency, deeming digital assets as unregulated securities, fraudulent investment vehicles, and Ponzi schemes.

Chinese Government Ardently Opposed to Crypto

The bearish comments relating to cryptocurrencies came about during a recent segment on a high-profile Communist Party official channel, in which the President offered a bearish sentiment on digital assets, noting that many may soon be on a crime list.

Dover Wan, founding partner at Primitive and a popular China-focused crypto analyst, spoke about the recent segment on this television channel in a recent tweet, concluding that the government has no intention of embracing crypto anytime soon.

“JUST IN: Today CCTV1 (CCP official channel) featured another investigative work of ‘cryptocurrency’ on 焦点访谈, which I would considered 60 minutes or even higher profile TV program. TL;DR – cryptocurrency is unregistered security, financial fraud and illegal ponzi.” She explained while referencing the video embedded in the below tweet.

China Takes “Blockchain, Not Bitcoin” Approach to Cryptocurrency

This latest development comes shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping stated that blockchain technology would play “an important role in the next round of technological innovation and industrial transformation.”

Based on the latest round of anti-crypto statements from the Chinese government, it does appear that they are doubling down on the “blockchain not Bitcoin” narrative that many analysts had suspected the country would continue adhering to.

“It’s pretty clear to me China has no intent to embrace any public open cryptocurrency at all and that’s why it’s always a Blockchain Not Bitcoin narrative. And down the road a nationalization of related cryptocurrency infrastructure is inevitable (asic, mining, trading),” Dovey explained in another tweet.

It remains unclear as to whether or not China’s views towards cryptocurrencies will change as they garner more widespread adoption globally, but in the near-term it does not appear that there will be any shift in the country’s adverse policies towards crypto.

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Venezuela’s Petro Has Over 27,000 ‘Affiliated Businesses’, Nicolas Maduro Claims

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Venezuela’s Petro Has Over 27,000 ‘Affiliated Businesses’, Nicolas Maduro Claims

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Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has recently stated the country’s oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro, has over 27,00 ‘affiliated businesses’ which could mean the government’s push for its adoption is working.

Speaking during a program led by local journalist José Vicente Rangel, Nicolás Maduro revealed the number is expected “to double in the coming months,” presumably as the Venezuelan government keeps pushing for Petro’s adoption.

Earlier this month, it made it legal to buy and sell cars and real estate using the oil-backed cryptocurrency. It’s worth noting, however, last month a Venezuelan official claimed the Petro was accepted as a payment method at 93 stores in the country thanks to a new payments gateway called PetroPago.

During the program he also said the country’s retirees and pensioners will be receiving their Christmas bonuses in Petros, and that the government will “active new protection mechanisms with the Petro.”

Nicolás Maduro further added the country is looking to “defend the bolivar” but will evaluate how “a dollarization process can be used to achieve economic recovery.” He clarified, however, Venezuela will “always have the bolivar as its currency.”

Maduro added the country’s cryptocurrency helped it against the “economic war” supposedly being fought against it, and seemingly mentioned he’s aware of the growing popularity other cryptocurrencies have in the country:

We have achieved the slowdown of the economic war through the self-regulation of the economy. With this self-regulation of the economy, other actors have begun to operate with their own currencies.

As CryptoGlobe reported, bitcoin cash (BCH) recently surpassed bitcoin (BTC) as one of the most popular cryptocurrencies in Venezuela, at a time in which Dash LatAm, an organization promoting Dash in the Latin America region, shut down due to a lack of funds.

The Petro itself was a cryptocurrency the Venezuelan government launched last year and sold to investors, accepting cryptocurrencies as a payment method for the tokens. According to critics the Petro’s sale was used as a way for Venezuelan to bypass international sanctions and obtain foreign currency.

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