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CBDC Interest Climbs Steadily Over Five Years, Google Trends Data Shows

Google Trends data reveals a consistent increase in search interest for “CBDC,” which stands for central bank digital currency, over the past five years. The term has maintained a score above 20 since August 2022, on a scale of 1 to 100, where 100 signifies peak interest. CBDCs See Consistent Search Growth, Top Regions Include…
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30 Countries Seek to Join BRICS, Russian Ambassador to China Says

Russian Ambassador to China Igor Morgulov disclosed that approximately 30 countries are interested in joining the BRICS economic bloc in an opinion piece published by the South China Morning Post last week. BRICS welcomed five new members in January: Egypt, Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, and Ethiopia. Last week, Russian Presidential Spokesman…
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China Halts Gold Buying in May, Ending 18-Month Buying Spree

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) paused its gold acquisitions in May, ending 18 months of continuous buying as spot gold prices hit record highs. Despite this interruption, the value of China’s gold reserves continued to rise. China Pauses Gold Buying in May China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), paused its gold…
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Russian State Duma Official: International CBDC Settlements to Become ‘Common Practice’ in 5 Years

Anatoly Aksakov, Chairman of the Russian State Duma Financial Markets Committee, has predicted that international trade will migrate to CBDC for settlements during the next five years. Aksakov stressed that not many countries have made progress using these digital currencies, but he believes this will be addressed soon. Russian State Duma Official Bets on National…
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Digital Yuan App Drops ‘Pilot’ Description, Hints at Change to Production Ready Status

The digital yuan app, which services users of the Chinese CBDC, has dropped the ‘pilot’ label from its name without any announcement, prompting speculation about an upcoming move to production stages. While local Chinese news outlets explained that this change had to do with app requirements, some expect this might be a step before its…
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Ripio CEO: Brazilian Companies Are Paying Chinese Suppliers With Cryptocurrency

Sebastian Serrano, CEO of Ripio, one of the largest exchanges in Latam, stated that Brazilian companies were already harnessing cryptocurrency to pay their Chinese suppliers. In an interview, Serrano asserted that Latam countries harnessed crypto in different ways and that Argentine companies are using cryptocurrency to protect from crippling inflation numbers. Ripio CEO Sebastian Serrano:…
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Major Chinese Bank Offer Digital Yuan Users Carbon Credit Rewards

A major Chinese bank, Industrial Bank, will reward digital yuan-using customers with carbon points as it targets further CBDC adoption. Per CICC Online, the bank announced that verified digital yuan wallet users can now obtain “personal carbon account points” when they use its app to make purchases with the CBDC. Major Chinese Bank: Digital Yuan…
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UK Sentences Woman to Prison for Laundering Bitcoin After Police Seize 61K BTC

A woman has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for laundering bitcoin tied to a £5 billion fraud in China. Authorities seized over 61,000 bitcoin during their investigation, now worth over $4 billion. The woman denied all charges, claiming she was manipulated by a “mastermind.” 61K Bitcoin Seizure Leads to Jail Sentence A…
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‘Really Stupid and a Huge Mistake:’ Putin Blasts US Actions Blocking Payments to China; Exporters Turn to Small Banks and Crypto

Russian President Vladimir Putin charged against the U.S. actions seeking to block Russian payments to China and other countries. During a two-day trip to China, the Russian leader emphasized that this strategy was “really stupid and a huge mistake,” considering that these actions affected the status of the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency. Russian…
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Balaji Srinivasan Highlights China’s Dedollarization and Envisions Post-Dollar Economy

Balaji Srinivasan, former CTO of Coinbase, recently shared his insights on the global economy and the future of the U.S. dollar on social media. He discussed the concept of dedollarization, suggesting that China and other countries are moving away from U.S. debt and investing in gold instead. He argued that this shift could potentially lead…
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