By In modern times, China has worked to consolidate state power over individuals. Local authorities are trialing systems to control peoples’ social standing, access to jobs, and even where they can go. Until now, one refuge for its citizens has been in the wooliness of time; not even the all-powerful Communist party can always measure where people go, when, and what they do. But, with a state-mandated blockchain, this could begin to change. Those inside China will be aware of the fate that awaits Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies; these will not survive if the state is unable to

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