China’s Blockchain Service Network, or BSN, has created independent entities, one of which will manage the development of public blockchains internationally. The move is intended to allow BSN to be flexible enough to work with international blockchain ecosystems.
China’s consortium was founded to promote the advance of blockchain technology in the country. Now it is splitting into two independent entities: BSN-China and BSN-International. The latter will be headed by one of the original members of BSN that happens to be a private company — Red Date.
China’s state companies push back public blockchains
A source familiar with the matter told Cointelegraph that this rift was caused by the “pushback from its core, state-owned members on the public chain integrations”. The consortium is led by State Information Center, the China Mobile Communication Corporation and China Union Pay — all state-controlled entities.
The source noted that the original plan intended to add five blockchain networks to BSN: Ethereum (ETH), EOS (EOS), Nervos (CKB), NEO (NEO) and Tezos (XTZ). They also indicated that this pushback has caused delays and uncertainty about future deployment.
Two BSNs will be integrated
A Chinese media outlet reports although the two entities are going to be independent, five of the BSN-China nodes will be connected to BSN-International. At the same time, it notes that these five nodes would have to fully comply with the appropriate local laws and regulations.
This development indicates that despite chairman Xi’s enthusiasm towards blockchain technology, local elites remain uneasy about public blockchain networks that cannot be easily censored or controlled.