Fun fact about the "cashless society" in China: the government is actively opposing it.

Translation: "Refusing to accept cash is illegal. Protect the legal tender status of the RMB"
Here's an article (Chinese) that describes their reasoning:… (unfortunately it's down as of this moment)
Important caveat: opposing at the present time, not in principle forever.
Approx arguments:

* Protecting RMB's ability to smoothly circulate necessary to protect legal tender status
* Protect consumers' right to choose different payment media
* Differences b/w regions are large, urban/rural development is uneven, consumer payment needs still diverse
NOT anywhere in the reasoning:

* Anti-monopoly concerns
* Privacy
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