China has all but abolished cash and bank cards, and the rest of the world might be following fast. CBS talks to economist Andy Mok. China had no good working banking system, and moved fast to mobile payment, but the rest of the world might follow soon.
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From a cash country, where transactions were done by moving plastic bags with money between bank branches, China has turned into a leading force in fintech or financiel technology. Mobile payment are standard. Bitcoins and blockchain technology found in China early adopters. Social media have – more than anywhere in the world – adopted payment systems to facilitate online trade.
Twenty years ago Chinese academics sent their first online message and since then the internet has changed China beyond recognition. Despite efforts by the government to keep freedom of speech in check, China´s internet users are freer than even. A few of our speakers are key experts in this field.
Almost all Chinese consumers use their mobile phone to pay, most overwhelmingly by Alipay. Fintech expert Andy Mok discusses at CCTV the implications. The technology is inplace, but the regulators are still slowing the implementation, he says. Regulation by the government is unavoidable, but in a way that serves the consumers.
Former Citi-group banker Arthur Hayes started BitMex, a bitcoin exchange. Bound to be a success, says VC and innovation expert William Bao Bean to Bloomberg, as Chinese are looking for ways to invest their capital outside China, where growth it slowing down.
Last month the financial startup BitMEX won the first place in Singapore among 475 other startups. BitMEX offers traders an account, allowing them to trade in bitcoins. A winning proposition, tells ex-banker William Bao Bean to Bloomberg, as many try to siphon capital out of China.
Looking back at the demand from our clients at the China Speakers Bureau over the past few years, we see a distinct development into the future, into the year of the ape.
In China the financial authorities have come close to a ban of the Bitcoin, and the news in general has been negative. But China entrepreneur and Bitcoin enthusiast Marc van de Chijs explains on his weblog why the crypto-currency is likely to keep on shaking the financial markets.
OKCoin, claiming to be China´s largest Bitcoin exchange, got a first round of VC funding of US$10 million, writes VC Marc van der Chijs in Coindesk.com. Target: growth outside China.