Three U.S. senators have signed a letter urging Olympic officials to forbid American athletes from handling digital yuan during the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.
In a Monday letter to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee board chair Susanne Lyons, Republican senators Marsha Blackburn, Roger Wicker, and Cynthia Lummis requested officials prevent U.S. athletes from using or accepting digital yuan given their allegation it can be “tracked and traced” by the People’s Bank of China, or PBoC. The three claimed that the Chinese Communist Party could use the digital currency to surveil visiting athletes and upon their return to the United States.
The senators said that the Chinese government had recently rolled out new features for the digital yuan, giving officials the ability “to know the exact details of what someone purchased and where.” They cited the messaging and payment app WeChat as precedent, claiming the platform was “already being used to surveil, threaten, and arrest Chinese citizens.”
Lummis, Blackburn and Wicker requested