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China: Will the digital Renminbi replace WeChat Pay, Alipay anytime soon?

China: Will the digital Renminbi replace WeChat Pay, Alipay anytime soon?

“But, we have a question to discuss. Can it [Digital Renminbi] replace Alipay, WeChat Pay, and bank cards as the main electronic payment tool?” That was the question posed to Li Lihui, former President of the Bank of China, during the 2020 Caijing Annual Meeting about CBDCs. The exec responded that at least for the …

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Inside the Craze for Filecoin Crypto Mining in China

Inside the Craze for Filecoin Crypto Mining in China

As Filecoin inches closer to a blockchain mainnet launch – after several delays since its $200 million raise in 2017 – investors in China are again speculating heavily on the network’s mining hardware and its token prices.  Since Protocol Labs, the foundation behind Filecoin, released a “Testnet Incentives” program on June 9 that was scheduled …

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China Police Said to Detain Crypto OTC Traders Amid Money Laundering Crackdown

China Police Said to Detain Crypto OTC Traders Amid Money Laundering Crackdown

As Chinese police step up efforts to crack down on illegal economic activities, crypto over-the-counter (OTC) traders are being detained to assist investigations.  In another sign Chinese law enforcement are targeting cryptocurrency trading, Zhao Dong – a prominent Chinese crypto OTC trader and the co-founder of crypto lending platform RenrenBit – has been held up …

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Market Wrap: Bitcoin Slides, Stocks Tread Water on Trump China Comments

Market Wrap: Bitcoin Slides, Stocks Tread Water on Trump China Comments

Bitcoin declined for the first time in three days as traders in digital-asset markets and more traditional stocks considered the implications of U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest broadsides against China on the coronavirus and Hong Kong.  Bitcoin (BTC) was changing hands around $9,400 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET), slipping less than a percent …

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Bitcoin Halving 2020: Miners in China Brace For Impact

Bitcoin Halving 2020: Miners in China Brace For Impact

Hosted by CoinDesk Research Analyst Christine Kim, the first episode of the Bitcoin Halving 2020 podcast series is about the impact of bitcoin’s third halving on the concentration of miners in China. In about 40 days, the world’s first and largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, bitcoin (BTC), will undergo a pre-programmed block reward reduction known …

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