The digital yuan is trialed again in Shenzhen, at ATMs and via a smart card. Crypto mining rig prices soared as Bitcoin hit the $41,000 mark.
Ant Group employees can use the Alipay app for digital yuan transactions in select locations, including the Lujiazui district in Shanghai.
Beijing is moving to stop forced tech transfer, but significant loopholes may remain.
The incidence of reported transfers was as high as 30% in chemical and petroleum industries.
The newly approved law will take effect next year on Jan. 1.
Chinese regulators are investigating complaints against Ericsson for breaking anti-trust rules in its licensing practices for 3G and 4G technology.