Chinese President Xi Jinping said China should proactively participate in creating the international regulatory framework on digital currency.
- "We need to take advantage of the momentum and accelerate the digitalization of various fields including our economy, society and government, as well as proactively participate in creating the international regulatory framework on digital currency and digital tax," Xi said in his statement on Saturday titled "Issues on National Medium and Long-Term Social and Economic Strategies."
- The statement came days after China’s central bank released the proposed banking law to legalize its national virtual currency and ban any other yuan-pegged tokens in the country.
- The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) sped up the development of the digital yuan last year when the U.S. social media giant Facebook unveiled the plan to launch the digital currency libra backed by fiat currencies from several major economies excluding China.
- A slew of countries and international organizations have started working on a global legal framework to regulate cryptocurrencies and prevent regulatory arbitrage.
- The Chinese police froze bank accounts over crypto and fiat assets tainted by illicit activity in June. Some Chinese crypto buyers and sellers, and market makers such as over-the-counter (OTC) trading desks were affected by the investigation.
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