Chinese province sounds fresh alarm on ‘illegal’ crypto schemes


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China’s Hainan province issued a fresh warning about illegal crypto schemes yesterday, adding to what is an ongoing campaign against the growth of the industry in the region.

Fresh round of crypto FUD

Financial regulators, as per Reuters, in China’s southern Hainan region cautioned investors against illegal fundraising schemes involving cryptocurrency and blockchain. They used local media to spread that message.

“The local financial supervision bureau and a local branch of the People’s Bank of China, said investors should guard against illegal fund-raising activities under names including ‘virtual currency’ and ‘blockchain,” local outlets stated.

It added, “No organisation or individual in Hainan Province shall illegally engage in token issuance and financing activities; any so-called token financing platform shall not engage in the business of exchange between legal tender and tokens or virtual currencies.”

The regulators said financial and payment institutions should not directly or indirectly provide services related to cryptocurrencies and that crypto trading platforms should not provide pricing, trading or other intermediary services. The statement was in line with existing restrictions on cryptocurrencies in China.

FUD after FUD

As such, the development comes on the back of several regulatory stances against the proliferation of cryptocurrencies in China. In May, the China Securities Journal said banning cryptocurrencies was a requisite “to protect the public’s property rights, maintain the status of the renminbi as legal tender, and prevent money laundering risks.”

Then in the past week, state-run media slammed Bitcoin and the use of excessive ‘leverage’ in the market, stating such risks were damaging to citizens’ investment portfolios. The option of 125x leverage was called ‘shocking’ in the report.

The attention isn’t limited to Bitcoin and large-cap cryptocurrencies on centralized exchanges. Earlier this week, a state-run TV network turned its attention to decentralized exchange Uniswap, stating anyone could issue a token on the platform and rug pull users. 

“At present, the supervision of Bitcoin mining and trading activities is constantly escalating,” the state-run CCTV-13 concluded at the time.

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