The Asian Battle Against Cryptocurrencies Won’t Probably End in 2022

Throughout 2021 we have seen a series of crypto bans coming from Asian countries. Last year, some countries decided to adopt Bitcoin as legal digital currencies, while others chose to ban cryptocurrencies investments. Worldwide decisions from policymakers have affected the price of leading cryptocurrencies. While it is difficult to predict what will happen in 2022, some trends already seem visible in many economies. This article will summarize what we saw in 2021. Also, it tries to read between the lines…

India Likely To Delay Anti-Crypto Bill

India's crypto future remains uncertain. Crypto remains a heated topic in India as the new bill appears to be delayed again. The bill is listed for the winter session of the Parliament, which will end on Dec. 23. It is unlikely that the bill will pass by that time. Moreover, a similar statement was also listed for earlier sessions this year. The government is reportedly considering more changes to the proposed bill. However, sources also cited needing more time to…

Russia Considering Total Crypto Ban

The Russian Central Bank is seeking to ban crypto investments. Reports say that Russian monetary authorities are concerned with a growing number of crypto transactions. Namely, they see these transactions as a risk for economic stability. Moreover, authorities are concerned with the supposed use of crypto in money laundering. For years, Russian authorities spoke out against crypto. The central bank spoke about the risk of its use for money laundering and terrorism. In 2020, Russia gave crypto legal status but banned…

Bitcoin’s Hash Rate Recovered From China’s Crypto Ban

Bitcoin has seen a significant strengthening of its mining network in recent months. The network's hash rate has almost completely recovered from China's crackdown on mining. The hash rate is a measure of the total computational power that contributes to mining Bitcoin. A hash is a fixed-length alphanumeric code that miners have to solve to process BTC transactions. We measure the hash rate in exahashes (1 quintillion hashes) per second (EH/s). The hash rate is also a rough measure of…

India Reconsiders Crypto Ban, Following Criticism

India may issue a blanket ban on all cryptos, statements from top officials indicate. However, the government is drafting a new bill that would allow for the private use of cryptos. Just last week, the country introduced a Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2021. The bill spooked investors, as it was identical to the draft of the 2019 bill to ban crypto. The bill wrote that it intended to "create a facilitative framework" for India's official digital currency. To…

China Solicits the Public For Thoughts on Crypto Ban

Could the Chinese government reconsider its stance against cryptocurrencies? The country's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently published a report seeking public opinion on the matter. China has dictated multiple bans on Bitcoin over the past 8 years. However, the government may have the motivation to not altogether reject its adoption. China Consults the Public Earlier today, the commission published its report to its website under the "Soliciting Opinions" (translated) category. It states that central departments have revised one…

Vladimir Putin Says He Is Tolerant of Cryptocurrency

The crypto community just received another significant green light from a world superpower. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently stated that cryptocurrency “has the right to exist and can be used as a means of payment.” Russia Accepts Crypto Putin aired his thoughts in a recent interview with CNBC, when discussing alternative settlement means for crude oil contracts. Several months ago, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister suggested that the country forgo dollar-denominated contracts in response to US sanctions. This spurred questions of…

SEC Chair Gensler Confirms Crypto Will Not Be Banned In The US

In line with Jerome Powell’s comments last week, SEC chairman Gary Gensler confirms he has no plans to ban cryptocurrency. Instead, the SEC’s approach remains strictly on regulating the space and protecting consumers. Regulation: Banning, Says Gensler Gensler clarified his stance during a House hearing today in response to a question from Republican lawmaker Ted Budd. Representative Budd led the charge to amend dubious phrasing on cryptocurrency regulation in last month’s infrastructure bill. He also proposed an anti-crypto-terrorism bill in…

A Look at the Historical Impact of China FUD on Cryptocurrencies

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has maintained a hostile relationship with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for years now. The leadership in the Asian country considers crypto a threat to its ability to exert overarching influence on individuals' freedoms. Peer-to-peer, distributed networks like Bitcoin offer folks the ability to evade government surveillance and capital controls. They have therefore become the CCP's worst nightmare. The Chinese government has continued to expand the scope of its crypto bans since 2013. That's how it…

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