Weekly roundup: Asia’s top crypto news

Weekly roundup: Asia's top crypto news


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  • South Korea’s regulatory body plans a discussion with Gary Gensler on NFTs and Bitcoin ETFs, while the ruling party delays easing crypto restrictions.
  • Hong Kong introduces a “sandbox” for stablecoin testing and mandates license applications for crypto service providers by end of May.
  • Indonesia’s crypto regulatory official urges a reevaluation of digital asset tax rates in anticipation of regulatory changes by 2025.

Over the past week, there has been a rush of activity in the Asian cryptocurrency industry, from discussions about regulation to revolutionary new technologies. Let’s break down what’s been happening across this dynamic landscape, piece by piece.

The South Korean crypto scene saw a mix of actions and pauses this week. Initially, there was a buzz about a planned meeting in May with Gary Gensler to chat about how NFTs should be classified and the potential for spot Bitcoin ETFs in South Korea. This move signaled a readiness to embrace crypto more fully, given the current restrictions on local institutions from launching crypto-related products and brokerage firms from offering overseas spot Bitcoin ETFs.

However, the People Power Party threw a curveball by indefinitely postponing its plan to relax these restrictions, including lifting the ban on local spot Bitcoin ETFs. The reason? Difficulties in syncing up with government and financial authorities on crypto policies. It seems like a step back, but it’s all part of the complex dance between innovation and regulation.

Over in Hong Kong, the Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, is pushing for a regulatory sandbox. This sandbox will let institutions test the waters with stablecoin issuance, a move aimed at fostering innovation while keeping the financial stability intact. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking for crypto service providers without a license, as they need to shut down by the end of May. With only two licensed exchanges and 24 hopefuls in the application process, it’s a race against time.

In Indonesia, there’s a call from the crypto regulatory agency Bappebti to the Finance Minister to rethink the tax rates on digital assets. With cryptocurrencies set to join the financial industry in 2025, it’s time for a tax policy review.

China, on the other hand, isn’t messing around with illegal crypto activities. Mr. Xiao found this out the hard way, getting sentenced to over three years in prison for OTC trading outside of exchanges. This case underscores the strict stance on crypto-related crimes in China. Additionally, the selection of cases for China’s People’s Court case database tends to affirm the property nature of virtual currency, indicating a potential shift in legal attitudes towards crypto.

Taiwan made headlines with the assistance of SlowMist in cracking down on a cryptocurrency fraud case, marking a significant use of blockchain tracking technology in legal proceedings.

Canaan Creative’s financial report for the fourth quarter of 2023 boasted impressive figures, with a significant increase in total revenue and hash rate sold, despite a year-over-year decline in overall revenue.

HSBC Hong Kong is exploring tokenization technology to offer clients new investment opportunities in virtual assets, signaling a move towards integrating traditional and digital finance.

Binance stood out as the sole Web3 award winner in the 2023 Hong Kong Network Security Elite Commendation Program, highlighting its efforts in cybersecurity within the crypto industry.

Lastly, SlowMist’s founder, Cos, recommended a suite of wallet signature security solutions to protect cryptoassets, emphasizing the importance of robust security measures in safeguarding against theft and fraud.

With every country in Asia making its own in the crypto industry, the region exemplifies the many methods to embrace the revolution of cryptocurrencies.

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Jai Hamid

Jai Hamid is a passionate writer with a keen interest in blockchain technology, the global economy, and literature. She dedicates most of her time to exploring the transformative potential of crypto and the dynamics of worldwide economic trends.

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