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China Drafts Proposal for Crypto-Related Financial Trial Protocols

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • Officials in China have drafted a proposal related to financial trial requests with respect to crypto.
  • The proposal recognizes several crypto transactions as valid or invalid.
  • Hong Kong is pushing to become attractive to crypto companies.
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Officials in China have drafted a proposal for protocols on how to deal with crypto-related financial trials. The country remains concerned about the risks of crypto.

It appears China is working on cracking on the crypto market further, with journalist Wu Blockchain posting about a new draft for cryptocurrency trials. Local media outlets first reported the new draft, with the meeting that discussed the draft focusing on policies and measures that would allow for financial trials.

The draft opens by stating that “the trading hype activities of bitcoin, ethereum, usdt and other virtual currencies seriously disturbed the economic and financial order and seriously jeopardized the property safety of the people.” China has repeatedly made similar statements, and the new draft is an attempt to counter what it believes are risky activities.

Specifically, the proposal relates to the validity of legal acts related to cryptocurrencies. It states that crypto assets have some attributes of network virtual property.

If crypto is used to settle debts, the court would recognize it as valid. However, if investment contracts have been entered after Sept. 4, 2017, they would be recognized as invalid. As for crypto mining, any related contract after the mining ban was instituted would be recognized as invalid.

Hong Kong Wooing Chinese Crypto Firms

As China has been doubling down on its crypto crackdown, Hong Kong has been working to become more of a financial hub. Part of its strategy is becoming more accommodating to crypto businesses. The region has taken steps to welcome Chinese crypto firms.

The government of Hong Kong has also stated that it would work on becoming an “international virtual asset center,” with web3 and other sectors a major focus. Another major change is the fact that banks have been asked to provide services to crypto firms in Hong Kong.

Despite the ban on crypto in China, businesses have found ways to operate. The country is currently grappling with how to handle cryptocurrencies. It may take some time before effective laws can be put into place.

Crypto Mining Still Heavily Scrutinized

China has been effective in banning crypto mining. However, there have been underground activities despite the ban. Officials have raided such locations, while North America sees a strong influx as miners migrate to other locations.

China has also fined Bitmain over tax violations, in another step to show that it is serious about the rules. Still, its metaverse industry is flourishing, with officials optimistic about its potential.

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Rahul Nambiampurath
Rahul Nambiampurath's cryptocurrency journey first began in 2014 when he stumbled upon Satoshi's Bitcoin whitepaper. With a bachelor's degree in Commerce and an MBA in Finance from Sikkim Manipal University, he was among the few that first recognized the sheer untapped potential of decentralized technologies. Since then, he has helped DeFi platforms like Balancer and Sidus Heroes — a web3 metaverse — as well as CEXs like Bitso (Mexico's biggest) and Overbit to reach new heights with his...