(Extract of article published by David Pan with same title in CoinDesk)

The development of a digital yuan, or DECP, has taken a great leap forward, according to the People’s Bank of China, the nation’s central bank. The “processes of top-level design, setting industry standards, developing potential functions and integration testing,” are “almost complete.”

As far as the central bank is concerned, DCEP beats Libra in terms of major technical features such as the ability to process transactions offline on mobile phones. It also claims one of the goals for the digital yuan is to promote the internationalization of the renminbi since it can be used in cross-border payments without going through banking intermediaries that charge a fee and take more time to process these transactions.

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