China: Zhengzhou City proposes metaverse plan
China’s Zhengzhou city issued a set of policy proposals Wednesday to support metaverse companies, including a 10 billion yuan (US$1.42 billion) metaverse fund.
In battle to be Asia’s crypto hub, which city will emerge victorious?
Top blockchain and crypto news: Asia’s crypto hub race. Is US debt ceiling fight a boon or a bane for crypto? China’s red carpet for metaverse investment.
Hong Kong’s new crypto rules covered by China state TV in rare move from Beijing
Analysts say the move could signal a bull run in cryptocurrencies.
China’s Nanjing city launches state-backed metaverse entity
China’s Nanjing City launched a state-backed organization on Monday to promote and enhance metaverse studies throughout the nation.
Is Tether unmoored — or just dandy?
Top blockchain and crypto news: Fighting words over USDT erupt on Twitter. Litecoin surges amid memecoin fever. Chinese city bids for blockchain business.
Conflux Network, China Telecom unveil blockchain-based SIM card
Conflux Network and China Telecom on Tuesday unveiled their first blockchain-based SIM card, which will be piloted in Hong Kong.
China’s top prosecuting body issues warnings, guidance about country’s NFT market
China’s top legal authority issued a commentary on Monday about the risks and potential in NFTs, highlighting the need for legislation.
China’s Jiangsu Province to expand digital yuan adoption in education sector
China’s Jiangsu Province plans to expand the use of digital yuan to its public education system, as the province seeks to spearhead the country’s CBDC pilot.
China’s Fuzhou City offers cash, subsidies to attract blockchain companies, investment
China’s Fuzhou City on Friday unveiled a raft of policies to attract investment by blockchain-related companies, including rent subsidies and cash awards.
Memecoin frenzy fuels network congestion; China makes a surprise crypto move
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Bitcoin network buckles under weight of BRC-20’s runaway success
Top blockchain and crypto news: Memecoin fever strains BTC network. Binance slams brakes on Bitcoin withdrawals. Chinese court allows crypto for repaying debt.
China’s national blockchain research center aims to train 500,000 blockchain professionals
China’s national blockchain research center was launched in Beijing on Wednesday and plans to train over 500,000 blockchain professionals for the country.
Cryptocurrencies can be used for debt settlement in China: Supreme Court
Cryptocurrencies in China can be legally used to settle basic relations debts such as exchange and labor, according to the Supreme People’s Court of China.
China’s Henan state-owned investment group sets up US$22 mln metaverse fund
Henan Cultural Tourism Investment Group, a state-owned investment enterprise in Central China’s Henan province, has set up a 150 million yuan private equity investment fund to finance metaverse ventures.
HKMA urges local banks to provide services to regulated digital asset firms
Arthur Yuen, Deputy Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, urged local lenders to provide banking services to regulated crypto firms.
Coinbase sues SEC in bid for clarity on crypto rules
Top blockchain and crypto news: Coinbase in court to force SEC’s hand. PEPE surge lifts memecoin mood. China paves CBDC path with payroll.
China’s Changshu city to pay civil servant salaries in digital yuan
State employees in China’s Changshu City will receive their salaries in digital yuan from May, as China’s CBDC expands in daily uses.
Bitcoin, Ether decline; equities fall amid U.S.-China tension
Bitcoin and Ether fell by the end of Asian trading hours on Friday afternoon, together with all top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization apart from the BNB token. Asian equities declined along with U.S. futures, amid mounting political pressure between China and the U.S. Fast facts See related article: EU green lights MICA but […]
Bitcoin rises to near US$31,000, Ether leads gains across top 10 cryptos
Bitcoin continued its rally to near the US$31,000 mark in Friday afternoon trading in Asia. All other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptos gained, led by Ethereum.
Bitcoin heads higher, Ether breaches US$2,000, U.S. equities rally on weak inflation readings
Bitcoin rose higher in the US$30,000 band on Friday morning in Asia amid strong gains among the top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies. Ether led the winners.
Hong Kong’s ZA Bank starts offering crypto-fiat conversion services: Bloomberg
ZA Bank, the largest virtual bank in Hong Kong, has started offering cryptocurrency conversion services through licensed crypto exchanges.
China fines crypto mining rig giant Bitmain US$3.6 million for tax violations
China has fined Bitmain, one of the world’s biggest producers of cryptocurrency mining rigs, nearly US$3.6 million for alleged tax violations, according to the Beijing tax authorities.
Bitcoin rises above US$30,000, Solana leads gains across top 10 cryptos
Bitcoin continued to rally past US$30,000, with Ether and all other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies gaining in Tuesday afternoon trade in Asia. Solana was the biggest gainer at 11.09%.
Ex-chief of HKMA heads Hong Kong’s new Web3 institute
Hong Kong has established the Institute of Web 3.0 to facilitate the development of the crypto ecosystem in the city, directed by a former head of HKMA.
Chinese state-owned company launches crypto funds in Hong Kong
A major state-owned firm in China is launching two cryptocurrency funds in partnership with investment firm Waterdrip Capital.
Arbitrum’s AIP-1 proposal to be split after community backlash
Top blockchain and crypto news: Arbitrum to segment AIP-1. DeGods NFT collection moves to Ethereum. Crypto on the agenda at ‘China’s Davos.’
Crypto platforms need regulation as form of investor protection: HK’s SFC chief
Government officials from Hong Kong and mainland China talked about cryptocurrencies at the Boao Forum in China, as both chase Web3 ambitions.
Binance denies China ties, says it started relocating staff out of China in 2021
The Binance comments came in response to a Financial Times article that cited internal documents and said the company had close ties with China despite claims it had left the country in 2017 following a government crackdown.
Binance concealed ‘extensive’ ties to China: Financial Times
Binance reportedly hid ties to China for years despite claiming to have left the country following Beijing’s regulatory clampdown in 2017.
Bitcoin buoyed as bank busts spook investors
Top blockchain and crypto news: Banking woes boost Bitcoin. Arbitrum counts down to launch. Chinese billionaire faces US crypto scam charges.
US accuses exiled Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui of $1 billion crypto-linked fraud
Guo Wengui, an exiled Chinese billionaire, was arrested in New York on Wednesday for allegedly orchestrating a more than US$1 billion fraud conspiracy that included cryptocurrency, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). See related article: U.S. banking regulators warn against cryptocurrency fraud, contagion risks Fast facts […]
Circle’s USDC bounces back after Silicon Valley Bank bust
Top blockchain and crypto news: USDC stabilizes after SVB collapse. Silvergate closes shop. China tightens financial supervision.
China regulator says NFT-related complaints skyrocketed in 2022
Amid the NFT hype in 2022, Chinese buyers’ complaints about NFT scams and price manipulations surged 30,000% to 59,700 from 198 in the year before.
Worst week of 2023
Crypto markets slammed by Fed, Silvergate, lawsuits.
China’s parliament member to propose NFT regulation at ‘Two Sessions’
NFTs have entered China’s Two Sessions, with a delegate to propose an NFT regulatory framework.
Silvergate teeters as regulators circle and crypto firms cut ties
Top blockchain and crypto news: Silvergate woes spark bankruptcy talk. LDO dips on false enforcement rumors. Chinese leaders push digital development.
Bitcoin, Ether inch up as investors await U.S. Fed chair’s comments; Forkast NFT 500 index dips 0.44%
Bitcoin and Ether gained in Tuesday afternoon trade in Asia, along with most other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies. Polygon’s Matic token led gains followed by XRP and Dogecoin.
China’s WeChat social media giant integrates digital yuan into payment platform
WeChat, China’s leading social networking and payment app, has integrated the digital yuan into its payment network, which may help adoption of the CBDC.
China’s Blockchain Bet
The Chinese “Two Sessions” meetings began over the weekend, and blockchain technology could be at the forefront of Beijing’s vision for growth
Bitcoin gains, all other top 10 cryptos in the red amid Silvergate fallout
Bitcoin gained in Monday afternoon trade in Asia while all other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization posted losses.
Where is China’s digital economy heading? The ‘Two Sessions’ may give some pointers
Look for blockchain, self-reliance in technology discussions in China’s biggest political meetings of the year as China’s President Xi Jinping’s aims to build a digital economy.
China’s digital yuan initiative gets cold reception from Hong Kong visitors
China is promoting digital yuan to Hong Kong visitors, but has not received much enthusiasm so far.
Huawei forms Web3 alliance with Polygon, Morpheus Labs, others
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei partnered with multiple overseas Web3 firms, as part of the company’s blockchain and metaverse venture.
China’s Shenzhen city to stamp data ownership on blockchain
Shenzhen is adopting blockchain technology to safeguard data ownership, as China seeks to build a regulated data economy.
How Web3 in China is taking shape — with ‘Chinese characteristics’
What makes Web3 compelling to many is its promise to shift power from centralized players to individual users, but China is doing the opposite, writes Lily King.
Tencent confirms ‘personnel reshuffle’ at metaverse unit, denies team being disbanded
China technology giant Tencent said its reshuffling staff in its metaverse unit, but denied it was being disbanded, as reported by local media.
Paxos ordered to stop minting Binance stablecoin as SEC mulls legal action
Top blockchain and crypto news: Paxos halts BUSD issuance. Kraken faces disclosure charges. Beijing backs new blockchain research center.
Chinese NFT marketplace Jingtan eases asset transfer restrictions
Jingtan, one of China’s major NFT marketplace, has relaxed its rules on NFT transfer between users.
China’s international blockchain BSN Spartan gets new push in Middle East, Africa
Red Date Technology, the developer of China’s state-backed blockchain infrastructure Blockchain-based Service Network, has partnered Dubai-based Singularity Innovations to offer blockchain infrastructure services in the Middle East and Africa, as the Chinese blockchain network continues to go global.
Huobi to expand in Hong Kong as it bets on China
Huobi Global plans to expand its operations in Hong Kong, anticipating that Mainland China will soon follow the city’s recent pro-crypto shift, says Justin Sun.
China to set up national blockchain technology research center in Beijing
China has given the go-ahead to set up the National Blockchain Technology Innovation Centre in Beijing to run blockchain research and development, according to local media.
China tech giant Baidu reveals AI chatbot to rival ChatGPT
The AI chat bot party is heating up in China, with Baidu revealing its ChatGPT rival – ERNIE Bot.
Binance makes Korea comeback with GOPAX acquisition
Top blockchain and crypto news: GOPAX deal sees Binance return to South Korea. Inflation fight spooks crypto markets. Chinese liquor giant gives cheers to NFTs.
Beijing football club launches NFTs ahead of its virtual stadium launch
China’s Beijing Guoan Football Club has launched its first NFT collection, while building a virtual replica of its stadium.
Beijing regulator warns about NFT speculation, illegal fundraising. Crackdown coming?
Beijing’s market regulator warned that projects marketed in the country as non-fungible tokens or with metaverse-related concepts risk being involved in illegal fundraising or fraudulent activities.
Chinese liquor giant Moutai unveils NFTs linked to liquor bottles
Moutai launched NFTs that gives owners to purchase limited edition liquor.
China should reconsider its ban on cryptocurrencies, says former central bank official
China’s blanket ban on cryptocurrency trading can have the country miss critical opportunities for technological development, says former PBOC official.
China’s Suzhou city joins other regions in the country seeking to be metaverse hub
Suzhou has laid out plans to attract at least 200 companies in working with VR technology by 2025.
Digital yuan sales during Lunar New Year up from last year, online retailers say
Digital yuan sales at online retail platforms in China have surged during the Lunar New Year holidays fueled by local governments’ red packet coupons.
Bitcoin mining fund soars as BTC powers into 2023
Top blockchain and crypto news: BTC mining ETF outperforms. SBF under pressure as accusations mount. ‘China’s Instagram’ embraces NFTs.
China’s ‘Instagram’ gets NFT makeover with Conflux
Xiaohongshu, or “Little Red Book,” a popular social media application widely described as the Chinese equivalent of Instagram, has integrated layer-1 public blockchain Conflux Network, allowing users to showcase their non-fungible tokens on their profile pages, Conflux announced on Thursday.
China’s Hainan province to step up NFT supervision
Hainan province, a popular tourist destination in South China, published a notice on Sunday vowing to step up oversight on non-fungible tokens, or “digital collectibles,” which authorities said come with risks of fraud, money laundering and illegal fundraising.
Will Genesis meet its maker amid creditors closing in?
Top blockchain and crypto news: Genesis bankruptcy begins. FTX chief ponders a reboot. China’s CBDC gets a smart-contract upgrade.
China NFT platforms expand into Hong Kong in face of compliance risks on mainland
Hong Kong’s new digital asset-friendly policies could set the city up as the home for secondary NFT marketplaces from China as trading of ‘digital collectibles’ remains a gray area on the mainland.
Markets: Bitcoin inches up, Ether slips; China posts 3% GDP growth for 2022
Bitcoin inched up and Ether slipped in Tuesday afternoon trading in Asia, with most other top 10 cryptocurrencies trading lower on the day.
Shanghai Two Sessions: metaverse development requires stronger supervision
Shanghai Two Sessions’ delegate urges stronger supervision in the metaverse industry, as metaverse fever continues.
Markets: Bitcoin, Ether extend rise; Cardano leads gains in top 10 cryptos
Bitcoin, Ethereum extended gains in afternoon trade in Asia on Monday along with the top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. Cardano rose the most in the last 24 hours, followed by Polygon, BNB and Dogecoin.
Crypto P2E game investments not protected by law, China court says
A Shanghai court ruled that investments in cryptocurrency-powered play-to-earn (P2E) games are not protected by law in China.
Alameda Research transfers spark suspicions as SBF denies involvement
Top blockchain and crypto news: Where is Alameda Research’s money going? US tax loophole may give crypto investors a break. China’s blockchain momentum builds.
China state-backed NFT trading platform to launch on Jan. 1
“China Digital Asset Trading Platform,” a non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace developed by state-owned entities and a private sector firm, has been set for launch on Jan. 1, 2023, state media outlet China Daily reported on Tuesday. See related article: NFTs ruled virtual property in China, its sales protected by law Fast facts See related article: […]
A year to remember, a year to forget: Crypto highs and lows of 2022
From Terra and FTX crises to Ethereum’s triumphant Merge and China’s inventive NFT industry, Forkast reviews a rollercoaster year and its consequences.
AAX’s future in doubt amid staff exodus and FTX contagion
Top blockchain and crypto news: AAX teeters on the brink. SBF hints at Congressional hearing no-show. Chinese court boosts NFT legitimacy.