Explainer: What Beijing’s new crackdown means for crypto in China
Chinese regulators have tightened restrictions that ban financial institutions and payment companies from providing services related to cryptocurrencies, marking a fresh crackdown on digital money.
Compared with a previous ban issued in 2017, the new rules greatly expanded the scope of prohibited services, and judged that “virtual currencies are not supported by any real value”.
WHAT ARE THE NEW MEASURES?
Three financial industry associations on Tuesday directed their members, which include banks and online payment firms, not to offer any crypto-related services, such as account openings, registration, trading, clearing, settlement and insurance, reiterating the 2017 ban.
But the new ban, which was posted by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), also covers services that were not previously mentioned.
For example, it made clear that institutions must not accept virtual currencies, or use…