China pretty much controls the global Bitcoin market, with about 80% of the world’s Bitcoin trading and about 95% of currency exchanges from fiat. This makes how China regulates, or doesn’t regulate, their domestic Bitcoin industry extremely important in the years to come. To this point, China has taken a laissefaire approach to the Chinese Bitcoin industry, but that may be ready to change in 2017. Slightly
According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese authorities and People’s Bank of China are mulling whether to introduce third-party custodian services to oversee the world’s largest bitcoin market. This comes after the Bitcoin industry’s rapid national expansion and a recent sharp Bitcoin price fall that has highlighted the potential threat it poses to the stability of financial markets.
In a perfect world, there may be a truly free market system where no one scams anyone in an investment, but China is not that world, and the raw volume of trading over the past twenty days has drawn a lot of attention in many influential circles. The Bitcoin industry in China has not been prone to theft, fraud or other maladies that used to plague the digital currency, but some tech issues may have been key to some investors taking a larger loss than was reasonable.
Maybe individual investors contacted authorities for some level of intervention? Whatever the case may be, the PBOC and others are becoming more involved in the dealing of top Bitcoin exchanges, keeping dialogues open, and looking to make small adjustments into how business gets done.
As the market is not self-regulated at this moment, this may be a good approach. Leaders withing these large trading platforms are discussing making some ‘rules for the road’ when it comes to their trading practices in the near future, maybe to prevent a heavier hand from authorities.