Posted by News Express | 11 June 2021 | 541 times
China has arrested more than a thousand people for using the profits from crime to buy crypto currencies, security officials said, as part of a growing crackdown on the industry.
The country’s Bitcoin mines power nearly 80 percent of the global trade in crypto currencies, although trading in China is banned.
Officials have started to turn a sharp eye towards crypto currency miners to prevent speculation and stamp out money laundering.
Chinese police busted a network of 1,100 people involved in laundering money by buying crypto currencies, the ministry of public security said in a statement dated Wednesday.
The launderers charged clients commission to convert illegal proceeds into virtual currencies via crypto exchanges, the ministry said, without outlining the amount of money involved.
China banned trading in crypto currencies in 2019 and is increasingly tightening restrictions on Bitcoin mining.
In April, the northern region of Inner Mongolia closed down all its crypto currency mines, claiming they failed to meet annual energy consumption targets.
The region accounted for eight percent of the computing power needed to run the global block chain — a set of online ledgers to record Bitcoin transactions.
That is higher than the amount of computing power dedicated to block chain in the entire United States.
The northwestern province of Qinghai announced a similar ban on crypto currency mining on Wednesday, but no data is available about the size of the operations in the region.
Bitcoin values tumbled in May on the back of a warning by Beijing to investors against speculative trading in crypto currencies.
China is in the midst of a wide-ranging regulatory crackdown on its fintech sector, whose biggest players have been hit with large fines after being found guilty of monopolistic practices.
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