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GOP Senators Urge US Olympic Committee to Bar Athletes from Using Digital Yuan

Three U.S. Republican senators urged United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Monday to ban American athletes from buying or utilizing the Chinese Communist Party’s digital digital foreign money Payment, or digital yuan (e-CNY), through the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.

The letter to Susanne Lyons, the board chair of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, composed by Marsha Blackburn, Roger Wicker, and Cynthia Lummis, calming the e-CNY is totally manipulated by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) by accusing the central financial institution of tracing people’ data.

As the CCP authorities has distributed free digital yuan through the trial stage lately, “Olympic athletes ought to be conscious that the digital yuan could also be used to surveil Chinese residents and people visiting China on an unprecedented scale, with the hopes that they are going to preserve digital yuan wallets on their smartphones and proceed to use it upon return,” the assertion stated.

The Senators, who belong to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, requested the administration a briefing in response to their request inside 30 days, saying their considerations are dependable, for instance, accusing WeChat Pay, a digital cost platform in mainland China are already getting used to surveil, threaten, and arrest Chinese residents.

“These considerations are particularly pronounced given the Chinese Communist Party’s use of recent and rising applied sciences to suppress the Uyghur minority, the individuals of Hong Kong, and people throughout China who strives for freedom of expression.”

Last Friday, the Chinese authorities printed a white paper aiming to escalate digital foreign money implementation through the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. 

More than 20.8 million individuals in China opened a digital pockets to retailer digital foreign money, spending Chinese e-CNY reached up to 34.5 billion yuan ($5.3 billion US {dollars}) in transactions, in accordance to the PBOC. 

The administration issued 200,000 purple packets final month, containing 200 digital yuan price of renminbi ($31) for every pocket by a lottery exercise price 40 million RMB (round $6.2 million in whole).

China Prime Minister Li Keqiang stated that the digital renminbi would digitize the circulating banknotes and has emphasised that the first goal market is in China, somewhat than an try to problem the main standing and its dominance of the U.S. greenback. 

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