PBoC Official: China's Bitcoin Exchanges Need Strict Supervision

The People’s Bank of China should continue keeping a close eye on domestic bitcoin exchanges, a senior central bank official said this week.

AccessTimeIconMar 7, 2017 at 1:39 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 1:08 p.m. UTC
10 Years of Decentralizing the Future
May 29-31, 2024 - Austin, TexasThe biggest and most established global hub for everything crypto, blockchain and Web3.Register Now

The People's Bank of China (PBoC) should continue keeping a close eye on domestic bitcoin exchanges, a central bank official said this week.

According to local news sources, Zhou Xuedong, director of the PBoC's Business Administration unit, advocated for the potential use of blacklists against exchanges that violate the central bank's directives. He also suggested that the PBoC should explore regulating exchanges at the national level and require bitcoin exchanges obtain some form of licensure.

Xuedong reportedly noted:

"There is a significant risk, one is the risk of customer funds security, the second is the risk of money laundering, the third is the risk of leveraged transactions."

On the other hand, Xuedong reportedly suggested that the PBoC undertake an "observation period" while, at the same time, moving to define so-called "bottom lines" to which exchanges need to adhere. He also called for deeper research – something that would likely occur in tandem with the PBoC's experimentation with a central bank-issued digital currency.

The comments come just over two months after it was revealed that officials had met with representatives from China’s bitcoin exchange ecosystem. Those meetings ultimately led to the end of no-fee trading in China and the end of margin trading at those markets.

Xuedong’s reported advocacy for continued observation seems to confirm stated plans by the PBoC to keep a watchful eye, while at the same time requiring changes to existing AML practices in the industry. In February, statements from the PBoC indicated that the central bank would consider closing non-compliant exchanges.

Image via Shutterstock


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by Block.one; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk employees, including journalists, may receive options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.

Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk's longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to consensus.coindesk.com to register and buy your pass now.