China is launching its own digital currency. No, it’s nothing like Bitcoin
The Chinese government wants to build its own digital currency, but it is unlikely to experience the investment frenzy that launched Bitcoin into the mainstream. The central bank official in charge of the project said the new currency, developed under a project known as the Digital Currency Electronic Payment, would not be open to speculation like other cryptocurrencies, disappointing would-be speculators. Mu Changchun, head of the People’s Bank of China’s digital currency research institute, on Saturday said it would be “a digital form of the yuan,” China’s official currency. There would be no speculation on its value and it would not need the backing of a basket of currencies, according t
Facebook’s crypto, Libra, is rattling China’s central bank
Facebook’s plans to create its own cryptocurrency, called Libra, have forced China’s central bank to step up its game in developing its own digital currency. Facebook says Libra will let consumers send money around the world easily, but the project has raised regulatory questions at home and in several other countries. A People’s Bank of China official said Libra could challenge the country’s monetary policy and even financial sovereignty, and has forced the Chinese government to speed up research into creating a version of digital currency it can control. “If [Libra] is widely used for payments – cross-border payments in particular – would it be able to function like money and accordingly h
Chinese cops bust $1.5 billion World Cup crypto gambling ring
Chinese police have broken up an illegal World Cup gambling ring hosting more than $1.5 billion worth of cryptocurrency bets. It’s the the first major sports betting crime involving digital money in the country. Police in southern Guangdong province said in an online statement on Thursday that they had apprehended six major suspects of the syndicate, frozen about $750,000 in their bank accounts, and seized more than $1.5 million worth of cryptocurrencies they own. The gambling platform ran on the so-called dark web, which isn’t indexed by traditional search engines. It only accepted cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, according to Guangdong police. During the eight mont
A foul-mouthed Bitcoin billionaire rant has China’s crypto community pissed
China’s most high-profile Bitcoin tycoon has delivered a foul-mouthed tirade calling out many big names in the country’s cryptocurrency space as “cheaters.” The 50-minute recording of Li Xiaolai, a controversial English teacher-turned venture capitalist, was leaked to Chinese social media on July 4. In the recording, Li slammed some of the country’s biggest crypto start-ups as scams, suggesting they were cheating retail investors. His targets included Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, and NEO, a leading cryptocurrency with a market cap of over $2.5 billion. Li did not discuss what set his own business apart. The incident throws a spotlight on the shadowy world o