The integration of the digital yuan app into WeChat Pay is a significant move for the central bank, as it strives to compete with the likes of Alipay and WeChat Pay in the digital payment space. WeChat Pay has already established itself as a major player in the market, with more than 1 billion users.

This move is expected to help accelerate the adoption of the digital yuan among consumers, who will now have the convenience of using their existing WeChat Pay accounts to make payments in the CBDC.

The digital yuan, which has been in development for several years, is part of China’s efforts to digitize its economy and reduce its reliance on the US dollar. It is also seen as a way to strengthen its financial system and increase control over its economy.

Despite concerns over privacy and data security, the digital yuan has gained significant traction in China. With the integration of WeChat Pay, it is expected to become even more popular among consumers, who will now have a more convenient way to use the CBDC.