China Turning Hard to Blockchain – Focus on Fraud Reduction

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According to a new report from Reuters, China is turning to Blockchain to make markets clearer and cleaner – the regulators have been pushing banks to modernise outdated systems and processes by adopting Blockchain technology.

China’s Blockchain push is to its belief that the technology can help to reduce fraud. The nations’ Ministry of Industry and Information Technology made that determination late last year, echoing the assessments of other international regulators. Meanwhile, the Chinese central bank has become a Blockchain booster and has been actively exploring the technology’s potential benefits.

For the Chinese banking industry, Blockchain technology would not simply help to control fraud. It would also provide a way for the industry to quickly leapfrog past its current systems which often rely heavily on paper-based transactions and record-keeping. However, some observers wonder whether China’s antiquated legacy banking systems might prevent the type of rapid adoption that the government seems to prefer.

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“To be sure, many Blockchain projects globally are still in their infancy, but the complexity of Chinese bank legacy systems could make it even tougher to apply the technology successfully,” said Zennon Kapron, founder of market research firm Kapronasia.

“China is really interested in Blockchain,” said Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Hyperledger Project, one of the biggest global blockchain projects, and a former technology adviser to the White House. “They’re looking at this as a leapfrog technology. Can you take a very backward, very paper based market, and reinvent that using blockchain?”

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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