Rivalry in Blockchain Adoption: China outpaces the US

By ModernEuler | Moderncrypto | 20 Nov 2019

China is leading the way in blockchain adoption

It seems that China is the most blockchain friendly country in the World. It is now more evident after China’s President Xi Jinping's speech at a Politburo Committee session on blockchain technology trends on Oct. 24. that China will lead the way to get blockchain to the mainstream adoption.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping declared blockchain “an important breakthrough,” and promised that China would “seize the opportunity.” He detailed the ways the Chinese government would support blockchain research, development, and standardization.



Blockchain adoption promotes innovation

“We must take blockchain as an important breakthrough for independent innovation of core technologies, clarify the main directions, increase investment, focus on a number of key technologies, and accelerate the development of blockchain and industrial innovation.”


Measured by patent applications in the sector, China is handily outpacing other countries including the United States in blockchain technology.

On Nov. 20, Japan-based financial newspaper Nikkei reported that Chinese companies submitted around 7,600 applications between 2009 and 2018 — about three times as many as U.S.-based companies.

source: cointelegraph.com

So China sees Blockchain technology as an an important breakthrough and thus invests in blockchain technologies in order to promote technological innovation and to transform industries. We see this effort and investment from the patent applications in China.  

With 7,600 Blockchain Patent Applications, Chinese Firms Far Outpace US

With 7,600 Blockchain Patent Applications, Chinese Firms Far Outpace US

China is handily outpacing other countries including the United States in blockchain technology. Chinese companies submitted around 7,600 applications between 2009 and 2018 — about three times as many as U.S.-based companies.

A total of 12,000 blockchain applications

According to Tokyo-based research firm Astamuse, the U.S., China, Japan, South Korea and Germany together submitted around 12,000 blockchain-related patent applications through 2018, with China accounting for over 60% of the five-country total.

South Korea submitted close to 1,150 applications within the same time frame, while Japan submitted fewer than 380 applications.

With 512 applications, Chinese retail giant Alibaba Group Holding took the lead amongst the ranking of corporate applicants compiled by Japan's NGB based on data from Innography. United Kingdom-based nChain followed Alibaba closely, with 468, while technology giant IBM filed 248 applications.

In November, the Chinese news program Focus Report pointed out that although there are around 32,000 companies in China that claim to use blockchain technology, reportedly the real number is not even 10% of that. According to the episode, China's blockchain industry is at the forefront of the world, with the total number of blockchain enterprises second only to the United States. 

source: cointelegraph.com 

China is the first major country to declare a strong endorsement of Blockchain technology. Like the internet, blockchain will change the World because it is a powerful tool that can nurture freedom  and technological innovation. It will transforming industries. For example, it will change the financial system and flow of money around the world. Professional sports clubs The NBA’s Sacramento Kings,Germany’s FC Bayern Munich  have recently been diving into the blockchain technology to develop a crypto token for fan rewards. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) explores blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) to replace its paper-based systems. Adoption of Blockchain is gaining momentum in Supply Chain Industry as well. Vechain's Pu’er Tea Traceability Platform and Retail giants Carrefour and Nestlé's Infant Formula Tracking are the examples in the of blockchain applications in this industry. 

Thus, countries need to pay more attention to Blockchain and Crypto. 

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