The Economic Daily, a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, called for stricter regulation of “digital collectibles” as investors continue to speculate in non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

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Fast facts

  • The Economic Daily argued against treating NFTs as cultural and creative products, calling instead for the asset class to be regulated as a currency, commodity and/or a security. 
  • The phrase “digital collectibles” is a euphemism for “NFTs” as China frowns on speculation in the emerging asset. 
  • The article criticized NFT trading platforms for operating resale markets, warning buyers that the “rug could be pulled” anytime.
  • Ironically this comes amid state-run television stations themselves launching NFT marketplaces.
  • The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the CCP, and Shandong TV have their own marketplaces with Shanghai Securities’ NFTs surging in second-hand sales
  • Meanwhile, China’s tech giants have self-regulated amid the regulatory uncertainty, with Alibaba imposing a 180-day lock-in before a resale. 

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