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Official explains why China CBDC should not be as anonymous as cash

China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) should not be as anonymous as cash, the head of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) digital currency institute declared. Digital yuan project lead Mu Changchun spoke of China’s CBDC project at the 5th Digital China Construction Summit on Monday, local financial publication Sina Finance reported. Since debuting the digital yuan in 2020, the Chinese central bank has never targeted complete anonymity for the project, Mu said at the event. Instead, PBoC has been working to enable only limited anonymity in compliance with global Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, the official stated. The Chinese authorities should be able to access CBDC data on people suspected of crimes, Mu noted. According to the official, partial anonymity is an important feature of the digital yuan project though, as it guarantees transaction privacy and personal information protection. However, a completely anonymous CBDC would interfere with the prevention of crimes li..

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SEC Philippines to investigate Binance over alleged illegal operations

Philippines’ think tank Infrawatch PH continues efforts to ban Binance in the country by asking more regulators to investigate the cryptocurrency exchange over alleged illegal operations. Infrawatch PH on Monday filed a twelve-page complaint calling on the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to crack down on Binance’s activities in the Philippines. According to the think tank, Binance has been operating in the Philippines for several years without approval by appropriate authorities. Terry Ridon, the convenor for Infrawatch PH, claimed that Binance has no office in Manila and only uses “third-party companies that employ Filipinos for its technical and customer support services.” He also referred to former finance secretary Carlos Dominguez who publicly declared last month that Binance had no records with either the SEC or the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). “The SEC has served the public well by banning unscrupulous online lending services. It should similarly do t..

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Deribit and OKX attract significant traffic from China despite a blanket ban: Report

Data from website traffic metric provider Similarweb shows that Deribit and OKX continue to attract significant traffic sources from China despite a blanket ban on crypto transactions and foreign exchanges last year. China has banned the use of cryptocurrencies more than a dozen times in the last decade. However, the one imposed in September last year was considered the harshest one. Several crypto exchanges including Huobi and Binance had shut doors for the Chinese traders in fear of regulatory action. The strict regulatory reforms ensured that Chinese traders mainly shifted their focus to decentralized exchanges (DEXs) and protocols. Chinese crypto traders have always found a way to bypass strict crypto regulatory measures imposed by the government. While many believed the blanket ban on crypto use would be a death sentence for the largely underground crypto market in China, geographical traffic data shows otherwise. A Cointelegraph exclusive report highlighted the rise in the use o..

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Japanese e-commerce site adopts BTC and XRP payments for used cars

SBI Motor Japan, a subsidiary of SBI Africa Co. Ltd., has announced that its customers can now make payments for used cars using Bitcoin (BTC) and Ripple (XRP). According to the announcement by SBI on Monday, the development marks the first time XRP cryptocurrency will be deployed on a cross-border e-commerce website in Japan. The BTC and XRP transactions will be settled on the SBI VC Trade Co. Ltd, a cryptocurrency exchange owned by the SBI Group. The platform, according to SBI, will use appropriate security methods in order to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing through crypto transactions. Furthermore, SBI revealed that it is presently monitoring and scrutinizing its business partners to verify that they follow Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and corporate regulations. SBI stated that aside from adding BTC and XRP settlements, it would continue to support other significant projects that serve the demands of its expanding client base. According to the announcement, the move..

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Monero avoids crypto market rout, but XMR price still risks 20% drop by June

Monero (XMR) has shown a surprising resilience against the United States Federal Reserve’s hawkish policies that pushed the prices of most of its crypto rivals — including the top dog Bitcoin (BTC) — lower last week. XMR price closed the previous week 2.37% higher at $217, data from Binance shows. In comparison, BTC, which typically influences the broader crypto market, finished the week down 11.55%. The second-largest crypto, Ether (ETH), also plunged 11% in the same period. XMR/USD vs. BTC/USD vs. ETH/USD weekly price chart. Source: TradingViewWhile the crypto market wiped off $163.25 billion from its valuation last week, down nearly 9%, Monero’s market cap increased by $87.7 million, suggesting that many traders decided to seek safety in this privacy-focused coin. XMR near critical supportMonero started the new week with a selloff, with XMR plunging by nearly 4% to around $208 on May 9. The decline brought the token near its key support level — the 50-week exponential moving avera..

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China’s share in Bitcoin transactions declined 80% post crackdown: PBoC

The People’s Bank of China, the central bank of the country, claimed in a recent note that China's share in the global Bitcoin (BTC) transactions has dropped rapidly from over 90% to 10%. The Financial Stability Bureau of the Chinese central bank released a comprehensive note on Wednesday discussing the impact of the crypto crackdown on the financial markets. The official notice claimed that all peer-to-peer exchanges in the country had been eradicated, which eventually curbed the hype around digital currency transactions. A Google translated version of the note read: “The global proportion of Bitcoin transactions in China dropped rapidly from more than 90% to 10%. Severely cracked down on illegal financial activities such as disorderly handling of finance and crackdown on illegal fund-raising crimes.”China is among the few nations that have maintained an outright aggressive stance against crypto use since the beginning. The country’s first ban came in 2013 when it prohibited ban..

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