Tether will soon issue a stablecoin â backed by the off-shore Chinese Yuan. According to Dong Zhao,Â a shareholder of Tetherâs sister company Bitfinex,Â toldÂ ChainNews on Wednesday that CNHT will be launched âin the near future.â
This comes at a time when the Chinese Government authorities are working on the âDigital Renminbiâ themselves. According to Dovey Wan, a crypto-analyst, this move from Tether will not be received well by the Chinese.
The 24-hour volume of USD-Tether is often greater than even Bitcoinâs trading volume. Moreover, the total market capitalization of Tether is about $4 billion as well. Nevertheless, the demand for CNHT might not be as high as USDT. Dovey Wan mentioned that,
I donât see enough demand for CNHT and alike, as local Chinese will still trade $ with CNY, if itâs CNH it will be the same as USD
This is because CNH and CNY are fundamentally two different currencies w.r.t. the Chinese economy. While CNY is the on-shore currency regulated by the Peopleâs Bank of China, CNH is the offshore Chinese currency that trades in the foreign currency markets. Hence, the demand for the off-shore stablecoin in China is expected to be low.
Reportedly, the cryptocurrency lending platform, RenrenBit, will invest in the Tether stablecoin. Tether also intends to continue with its banking partner, theÂ Deltec Bank in Bahamas. Dovey Wan, mentioned that this might âpiss offâ Chinese regulator. She said,
Chinese regulator can be easily pissed by this, hope it wonât burn Tether â¦
The Chinese authorities are in the final stages of launching their Central Bank Digital Currency. Reportedly, due to the influence of tether, they are introducing certain changes to its design, to increase interoperability. However, whether or not the authorities will welcome independent efforts like Libra and stablecoinsÂ is highly uncertain.
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