BitKan, an over-the-counter (OTC) trading service for cryptocurrencies in China, announced today that it will suspend operations amid growing scrutiny from domestic regulators.
In the news post, BitKan said it would suspend its trading service beginning at 12:00 a.m. on September 14, a notable development given rumors that OTC markets may be excluded from a possible ban. The suspension will affect both its Web-based and mobile users, but withdrawals and deposits will remain active, according to the firm.
The statement noted that the suspension is a result of an announcement published by People’s Bank of China on September 4 in which seven local financial regulators announced a ban on illegal initial coin offering (ICO) fundraising and trading activities.
BitKan's statement explains:
In the past few days, reports have emerged claiming that China is on the cusp of a blanket ban on exchange-based cryptocurrency trading. Yet thus far, major exchanges in China have all said that no official notice has been received from regulators.
BitKan did not respond to inquiries for further comment.
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