Autonomous Chinese Province to Ban Bitcoin Mining by September
China’s Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region is set to eliminate “illegal” Bitcoin mining operations by September
Chinas continued icy relationship with Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies has taken another step as Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, a province in the north west of the country has stated it will shut down what it calls illegal Bitcoin mining in the region.
Now, with Xinjiang Uyghur being an autonomous region, it has a higher level of provincial control and is looking to the local utility companies report and shut down illegal Bitcoin mining operations.
The crackdown was confirmed when a leaked government document was confirmed as legitimate. The document indicated that Xinjiang’s Economic and Information Commission (EIC) was indeed asking local utility companies to be vigilant of suspicious power usage.
The document defines illegal Bitcoin miners as any operation that is not registered with the government as a licensed business entity. Additionally, any operation that has been using electricity without formal contracts with utility firms.
The document goes on to state that utility companies in the region have to work to shut down these unlicensed operations and reporting back to the authority on their progress by the end of August.
The move to force shutdowns of these illegal mining operations is hardly surprising seeing as in January Xinjiang’s utility companies were to make regular reports to the authority on local Bitcoin activities as part of a wider move to guide them towards leaving the region and nation.
This move seems to be part of Chinas overall attitude towards Bitcoin and other decentralized cryptocurrencies as it looks to rather build and control its Blockchain revolution. Mining has been a major part of Chinas arsenal in the cryptocurrency space, but that may well be ending.
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