It’s getting harder to ignore digital currency these days with the flood of news on the topic.

Amid the noise, a little something called central bank digital currencies (CBDC) has crept into the public eye, but not much is known about its connections with other parts of the payments landscape, especially the link with a larger trade-related ecosystem China is trying to cultivate.

The understated moves of China, in particular, has gotten fewer column inches than equivalent noise about the trading frenzy in bitcoin and linked issues.

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