Facebook Libra Threat Could Spur Work on China’s National Digital Currency:PBoC Official

With Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency potentially posing a threat to traditional money on various fronts, China’s central bank could hasten development of its own digital cash, according to a People’s Bank of China (PBoC) official.

Speaking at an event at Peking University’s Institute of Digital Finance earlier on Monday, Wang Xin, head of the research bureau at the PBoC, said if Libra becomes widely used for international payments and effectively acts like money, “would it accordingly have a large influence on monetary policy, financial stability and the international monetary system?”

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