The Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center and UC San Diego’s 21st Century China Center (21CCC) will host the Digital Currency in China and the Asia Pacific Conference on February 14 at 7:00 PM ET/ 4:00 PM PST. This conference will bring together leading policy makers and private sector representatives to discuss the rapidly evolving digital currency landscape across the Asia Pacific region and its implications for the rest of the global financial system.

Caroline Freund, Dean of the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, will welcome the guests, followed by remarks from Josh Lipsky, Director, Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center. This will be followed by a keynote discussion with Mu Changchun, Director-General, Digital Currency Institute, People’s Bank of China, moderated by Victor Shih, Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. Afterwards, join us for a panel on Markets, Entrepreneurship and Digital Currencies in Asia, featuring Jeremy Allaire, Chairman and CEO at Circle, He Yifan, CEO at Red Date Technology and Siddharth Tiwari, Chief Representative of the BIS Office for Asia and the Pacific. The panel will be moderated by Olga Kharif, Technology Reporter, Bloomberg News.

2022 will be a critical year for the development of digital currencies and the regulatory landscape surrounding them.  91 countries, representing 90% of the world’s GDP, are currently exploring their own digital currencies. Policymakers are interested in the new developments that affect their monetary policies and regulatory environments, especially the impact of these currencies on their own monetary sovereignty.



Caroline Freund
UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Opening remarks

Josh Lipsky
Director, GeoEconomics Center
Atlantic Council

Keynote discussion

Mu Changchun
Director-General, Digital Currency Institute
People’s Bank of China

Victor Shih
Associate Professor; Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations
UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy


Jeremy Allaire
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO

He Yifan
Red Date Technology

Siddharth Tiwari
Chief Representative for Asia and the Pacific
Bank of International Settlements


Olga Kharif
Technology Reporter

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