UPDATED | May 10, 2018:
The national standards described below will be completed by the end of 2019, if not sooner.
Li Ming, the director of the Blockchain Research Office within the Electronic Industry Standards Research Institute, itself a branch of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, revealed the timeline to Chinese media.
The director also noted that the set of national blockchain standards would relate to business practices, interoperability, information security, and other topics. Ming also said that, in addition to protecting information, it will be important to ensure that blockchain networks themselves are secure.
ORIGINAL | March 13, 2018:
New information out of China today reveals that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has directed one of its subdivisions – the Informatization and Software Services Division – to conduct a "special study" of national importance.
China, which has been helping the International Organization for Standardization's technical committee 307 to develop international blockchain standards, will use the findings from the MIIT's study as a foundation for a steering committee.
Translated into English, the committee will be called the National Blockchain and Distributed Accounting Technology Standardization Technical Committee.
Once initial goals have been met, the next phase of development will see the department "actively promote related work, accelerate the establishment of the standardization committee, and better serve the development of the blockchain technology industry."
The study may eventually be paired with findings from China's Digital Currency Research Institute, combining expertise in both blockchain and cryptocurrency. This could position China well for the growing digital landscape of the 21st century.
Translations by Google.