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Blockchain Regulation in China to be Done the PBoC

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) wants to create a better standard for regulating new technologies in the financial industry. According to Xinhua News Agency, the regulations will apply to 17 different categories in the fintech industry, including blockchain, AI, and cloud services.

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After months of uncertainty regarding the status of blockchain and cryptocurrencies in China, the country seems to have set its sights on becoming a leader in the industry. But, growth and innovation require a neatly defined set of rules, which is why the country picked up the pace when it comes to regulating it.

According to a report from the state-run Xinhua News Agency, this effort is spearheaded by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC). During a National Technical Committee meeting, PBoC’s vice president Yifei Fan said that the bank intends to introduce better regulations to the entire fintech sector.

He noted that the financial industry in China lacks the necessary standards and needs to update existing regulations. Fan told reporters during a press conference.

“The current regulations for financial services are not clear and strong enough to guide high-quality developments in the industry.”

The new proposed set of regulations will be applied to all subcategories of the country’s burgeoning fintech industries. According to Xinhua, the bank has divided the industry into 17 different categories, which include the likes of cloud services and artificial intelligence.

Blockchain is also one of the 17 categories set by the PBoC, Fei said but failed to elaborate on the other categories the regulations will be applied to. Mobile financial payments, alongside voice and image recognition technologies both have a clear set of rules set, as industry-wide standards have been implemented recently.

This isn’t the first industry-standard regime implemented by the Chinese government. Xinhua reported that another set of rules that apply to blockchain projects has been created recently, adding that 500 different projects and companies have directly benefited from the rules.

The second set of industry-standard rules has also been implemented to 11 different fintech product categories that aimed to improve digital payments in the country.

This is just the latest step taken by the Chinese authorities that will help position the country as a leader in crypto and blockchain. Earlier this month, the plan to include cryptocurrency mining into a list of industries that would be banned in the country has been scrapped.

Rumors of a bank run in China have also led many to believe that the country was set to see a crypto resurgence.

The future of the crypto mining industry in China has been uncertain for the past six months, as the country’s State Council has been considering implementing guidelines that would have forced the entire industry out.

Back in April, the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) published a draft proposal of its Industry Restructuring Catalog, in which it recommended that crypto mining be put on a list of industries to be restricted in the country.

Lukily, all that is in the past as the bill has been scrapped and cryptocurrency can run freely in the country, making itself a leader of the technology.

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