China’s regional authorities have flagged their commitment to the development of their local blockchain sectors with mention of the technology appearing in over 20 government work reports for 2021.
The Beijing municipal government called for “strengthening the scale of advantageous industries including information technology, healthcare, smart manufacturing, blockchain and advanced computing” in its government report for this year, while the Guangdong province government spoke of “driving the development and strengthening of industries including artificial intelligence, big data, the blockchain and the Internet of Things.”
Blockchain technology was also mentioned by the governments of Chinese provinces with far less developed blockchain industries and infrastructure, including Jilin, Hubei, Qinghai, Chongqing, Fujian, Sichuan and Yunnan.
The north-eastern province of Jilin called for “deepening the integrated development of big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and the blockchain with the manufacturing sector,” and expediting the “digitisation of industry and the industrialisation of digital.”
In 2021 the southwestern province of Yunnan has set the goals of “driving the accelerated growth of industries such as the blockchain sector,” and “creating commanding heights for the national development of the blockchain sector, and a central digital hub that radiates into South Asia and South-east Asia.”
The central Chinese municipality of Chongqing and the south-east coastal province of Fujian have also both outlined plans for their own blockchain industry hubs.
Chongqing has proposed the establishment of the “Chongqing Digital Economy (Blockchain) Industry Park” 重庆数字经济(区块链)产业园), while Fujian has flagged the launch of a “Fuzhou Blockchain Economic Comprehensive Pilot Zone” (福州区块链经济综合试验区) in the provincial capital of Fuzhou.