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Ripple’s Larsen Says US Risks Losing Stewardship of Global Financial System to China, Dissing SEC

Chris Larsen, Ripple co-founder and chairman of the payments technology company’s board of directors, said China is itchin to be the one that designs the next financial system and that the U.S. iswoefully behind

Speaking at the LA Blockchain Summit last week, Larsen said the U.S. needs to face up to that it is in a tech cold war with China with the fate of control of the world is financial system at stake. Right now, China is winning, he said.

China is just itching to be the one that designs this next system, Larsen said. They have committed $1.4 trillion to a variety of technologies and blockchain is right at the top of their list.

It is not just that China that is pumping money into technology, the regulatory environment in the U.S. is actively discouraging financial innovation, he said.

I just have to say it, in the U.S., all things blockchain, digital currency, they start and end with the SEC, Larsen said. Instead of pivoting to encouraging U.S. innovation to keep up, they have done the opposite.

We are going to have to change up here or we are going to lose our leadership, stewardship of the global financial system, he said. That would be a tragedy.

As CoinDesk reported at the time, Larsen also said his company could leave the U.S. if the regulatory environment doest improve.

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