Between 2018 and 2019, the Chinese Association for Cryptologic Research (CACR) held a competition to select the most promising post-quantum cryptographic algorithms
, generally similar to the NIST post-quantum competition
. The competition, however, was open only to Chinese developers who had submitted a total of 36 applications, which were analyzed over the course of one year. The applications comprised the main areas of modern post-quantum cryptography. Three algorithms were awarded first place, four were placed second, and six got third place. Unfortunately, for the time being, the competition materials are only available in Chinese, making it difficult for the international community to access. In the future, however, another competition can be expected, this time at the international level – China is likely to be eager to standardize its post-quantum developments according to global standards.