Shanghai aims to achieve a $446 billion digital economy with Web 3
The Shanghai Municipal People’s Government has presented its 14th five-year plan for the development of Shanghai’s digital economy. Shanghai is considered the financial capital of China.
The policy document highlights a roadmap for the development of blockchain technology to power Shanghai’s digital future. It also outlines government plans to build NFT trading platforms and blockchain business models.
The policy document establishes Chinese Premier Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics as a guiding principle and calls for deep integration of digital technology and the real economy.
Shanghai calls for Web3-Blockchain integration
The Shanghai government is calling for Shanghai’s digital economy to reach 3 trillion yuan, or about 60% of the city’s total GDP. The blockchain digital infrastructure is meant to be a key part of the plan.
The government explicitly declares the support of large companies to explore the construction of NFT trading platforms and work on the digitization of NFT.
The guidance document highlights the importance of integrating blockchain to empower financial applications. It also calls for the establishment of blockchain-based ledgers, end-to-end blockchain-based communications, and smart contract systems.
The document also calls for advancements in Web 3.0 technology in Shanghai. Products like OpenID, distributed data storage, decentralized DNS and end-to-end communication technology are highlighted as important development areas.
Shanghai plans to build a strong blockchain ecosystem and sustainable blockchain business models.
Recently, Shanghai released another guidance document for cultivating a $52 billion Metaverse industry. This document also identifies Blockchain and Web 3.0 as important aspects to achieve this goal.
China’s attitude towards crypto
On September 24, 2021, China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, declared all crypto transactions illegal. The price of Bitcoin fell over $2,000 following the Chinese crackdown.
However, in January 2022, China declared that while crypto transactions would still be illegal, they would go all out in NFTs. Blockchain Services Network, a Chinese state-backed company, has announced plans to create an NFT marketplace.
Recently, a Chinese Communist Party newspaper warned that cryptocurrency prices would fall to zero.
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