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China decides to not eliminate crypto mining industry in a new final plan

Yogita Khatri

The Chinese government has decided not to eliminate the cryptocurrency mining industry from the country in a new final plan.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, a central government agency in charge of formulating macroeconomic policies, has today published a final "Industrial Structure Adjustment Guidance Catalog" – a list of those industries the agency advises the country to encourage, restrict or eliminate - and the list does not mention crypto mining in the eliminate category anymore.

In April, when the NDRC put out a draft proposal, it recommended local governments to eliminate the crypto mining industry from China. Today’s final catalog comes into effect from Jan. 1, 2020.

China is home to some of the world’s largest cryptocurrency miner manufacturers as well as mining operations, including Bitmain, Canaan and Ebang. The final catalog appears to be a positive development for the crypto mining industry in general.

China has also been embracing blockchain, the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies. Last month, China's president, Xi Jinping, publicly supported blockchain technology, saying that the nation should take the leading position in its development. China is also almost "ready" to launch its national digital currency after five years of research and development.