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Crypto Exchange OKEx to List Hedera Hashgraph’s Token HBAR

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Cryptocurrency exchange OKEx announced that it will soon list enterprise-focused decentralized network Hedera Hashgraph’s native token HBAR.

As OKEx’s spokesperson told Cointelegraph, the platform will add HBAR to its spot market with HBAR/BTC, HBAR/USDT and HBAR/USDK on Sept. 17. Deposits and withdrawals will open on Sept. 16 and Sept. 24 respectively. Head of Asia Pacific at Hedera Hashgraph Edgar Seah added: 

“Hbars play a crucial role in the function, growth, and security of the Hedera network, and it is important that they are available to those who wish to use or create applications on the network. OKEx’s focus on listing projects with practical uses cases is in line with our belief that making coins easily accessible to developers is important for the development of decentralized ledger platforms such as Hedera.”

Expanding support

As Cointelegraph reported recently, OKEx announced that the exchange will support Ethereum Classic’s (ETC) upcoming Atlantis hard fork that is planned to occur between Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 at block height 8,772,000.

On Aug. 30, it was reported that Boeing will join IBM on Hedera Hashgraph’s governing council, although the aircraft giant has not officially confirmed the news.

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China Crypto Insider Lifts Lid On What’s Really Going on in Beijing

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

There has been a lot of news out of China in recent weeks buffeting the markets – both to the upside and downside.

The “Xi put” in the shape of President Xi Jinping’s blockchain-friendly pronouncements in November got the juices going.

And yesterday we heard that the People’s Bank of China is supervising the rollout of a yuan-backed digital currency in Shenzhen and Suzhou.

However, it was the initial euphoric response in the marketplace to Xi’s speech to the Chinese Communist Party’s powerful Politburo, and the subsequent supposed renewed clampdown on cryptocurrencies that followed, that has been moving markets.

Western media reporting on Chinese crypto matters is often inaccurate or confusing. The crypto ban is a case in point. Although China did ban crypto exchanges operating in the country in 2017, it didn’t stop Chinese citizens trading offshore – a fact that is often overlooked. Also, over-the-counter business still allowed those who wished to buy bitcoin.

Also, in some ways Xi’s speech was nothing new as blockchain technology was previously identified as a key technology by state planners.

To get behind the headlines and to glean some insights into what China’s leaders in government and tech are up to, we spoke to Randolf Zhao, vice president operations at crypto derivatives exchange BaseFEX.

We began by considering some of the issues raised in a recent major South China Morning Post article on Chinese crypto developments and how blockchain was likely to affect governance in China.

Randolf Zhao, vice president operations at BaseFEX
Randolf Zhao, vice president operations at BaseFEX

RZ: The thing that I see commentators in the SCMP article haven’t touched on is, some use cases of blockchain in China’s government services might not be as revolutionary as they thought. Instead, it could just make complicated things much simpler, thanks to the distributed nature of blockchain technologies.

A pain-killing application could be an inter-departmental-blockchain of all levels of all administrative departments.

The databases of different government departments in China are NOT shared. It is not because they refuse to do so. It is because it is such a lengthy, expensive, and complicated process for different departments to connect their cloud databases with each other.

I still remember how painful that was back in 2015 when the city government of Beijing was syncing the Business License, Corporation Code Certificate and Tax Registration databases all together, which was called ‘3in1’  (三证合一) back then. For four weeks, all paper-based processes in Beijing came to a halt until the syncing was completed. And this entire process took the three departments half a year to prepare for.

And now, what if they want to sync more databases – for example with the Social Insurance database – to the system they have? It will be another half year in preparation for all government departments involved.

An inter-departmental blockchains at different levels of all administrative departments could be a perfect pain-killer for situations like this. Data can be immediately visible to different departments and to local layers of all government agencies.

These blockchains will be semi-private – what the community usually calls ‘consortium blockchain’ or ‘permissioned blockchain’ – in which authorised personnel can access and update different info, with different types and levels of authority on the blockchain.

And on top of this mega inter-department blockchain, different departments and agencies can develop a variety of complex, blockchain-based applications, for example social benefits calculations, anti-financial crimes, anti-corruption, or fugitive hunting. Of course, these can all be artificial intelligence-based as well.

As a matter of fact, this is happening now. Some provincial and municipal governments in China are already pioneering these use cases, such as Zhejiang province, where Alibaba helped with development, and in Xiongan and Shenzhen where Tencent was involved.

So what about the reported crackdown on bitcoin mining and exchanges?

RZ: We all know it is pretty much an open secret that although the Chinese government regulations banned cryptocurrencies and crypto and bitcoin trading, it gave implicit consent to local operations that are not involved in Ponzi schemes or other forms of fraudulent behaviour.

Legitimate projects and exchanges voluntarily moved registration offshore, yet the majority of their teams remain in China, and as long as they don’t play too wild, the local government sees no problem with this. I would say local governments are silently happy with the revenues and employment opportunities we bring to the local economies.

How do you see the government’s crypto/blockchain strategy evolving?

The general idea is, China cannot be absent from the upcoming cryptocurrency financial system, and the Chinese government will not give up the economy’s existing advantages in cryptocurrencies and crypto trading. This is the open agenda of People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), both of which are actively promoting China’s Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) system.

The main concern is Ponzi schemes and other types of fraud occurring under the name of cryptocurrency or blockchain. Thus, fraud-related exchanges are the targets for crackdowns. Also note I am separating the term cryptocurrencies from the term blockchain. They are being assessed separately.

This hasn’t changed during the recent events. Beijing local government recently raided a few China-focused exchange that were allegedly associated with frauds. But they are by no means targeting everyone.

I, together with most people I know in Beijing’s crypto industry, don’t agree with articles like this [SCMP article] feeding FUD.

When it comes to the question of the party and government using blockchain to tighten control from the top do you think there may be push back from local governments  and other areas of the party who might see it threatening their control?

RZ: I beg to differ.

The recent events, Xi’s blockchain speech and local governments’ anti-fraud raids, strongly suggested an approval in the Politburo’s standing committee for blockchain technologies and crypto initiatives esp. China’s DCEP. [If there was opposition in the provinces and elsewhere then…] provincial governments wouldn’t be doing anything, such as implementing the 2017 ban so swiftly.

It should also be noted that provincial governments report to the Politburo. It seems a general roadmap has already been drafted, but details are still being discussed by relevant ministries so local governments are taking some preventive measures to avoid social instabilities stemming from crypto as camouflage for frauds.

By the way, it would be PBOC and MIIT that first brought the topic to the Politburo’s standing committee – that’s how the internal initiative process goes. They have been researching and promoting the topic for years. The PBOC and MIIT both have working groups researching on blockchain and crypto matters.

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Korean government working on legislation to tax capital gains of crypto in 2020

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  • Legislation is being prepared by the government in Korea to introduce a crypto tax capital gains.
  • It is expected to be released in early 2020 according to the Korea Times. 

The Korean government is undergoing preparation for legal tools to tax capital gains from the sale of crypto assets. 

Specialized legislation to target digital asset deals is expected to arrive from the tax season for 2020. 

The Ministry of Economy and Finance is working on building the measure that will become a tax bill from next year. An official from the ministry said:

“Related discussions have been taking place.“The revised bill will be drawn up by the first half of next year.” 

The Korean National Assembly has also been working on a crypto taxation bill. An eventual bill would increase the transparency on all parts of the process of trading digital coins. But for sure, Korea will try to tax capital gains from the sale of digital assets.

Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Markets and instruments profiled on this page are for informational purposes only and should not in any way come across as a recommendation to buy or sell in these assets. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. FXStreet does not in any way guarantee that this information is free from mistakes, errors, or material misstatements. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. Investing in Open Markets involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility.

  • Legislation is being prepared by the government in Korea to introduce a crypto tax capital gains.
  • It is expected to be released in early 2020 according to the Korea Times. 

The Korean government is undergoing preparation for legal tools to tax capital gains from the sale of crypto assets. 

Specialized legislation to target digital asset deals is expected to arrive from the tax season for 2020. 

The Ministry of Economy and Finance is working on building the measure that will become a tax bill from next year. An official from the ministry said:

“Related discussions have been taking place.“The revised bill will be drawn up by the first half of next year.” 

The Korean National Assembly has also been working on a crypto taxation bill. An eventual bill would increase the transparency on all parts of the process of trading digital coins. But for sure, Korea will try to tax capital gains from the sale of digital assets.

Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Markets and instruments profiled on this page are for informational purposes only and should not in any way come across as a recommendation to buy or sell in these assets. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. FXStreet does not in any way guarantee that this information is free from mistakes, errors, or material misstatements. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. Investing in Open Markets involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility.

  • Legislation is being prepared by the government in Korea to introduce a crypto tax capital gains.
  • It is expected to be released in early 2020 according to the Korea Times. 

The Korean government is undergoing preparation for legal tools to tax capital gains from the sale of crypto assets. 

Specialized legislation to target digital asset deals is expected to arrive from the tax season for 2020. 

The Ministry of Economy and Finance is working on building the measure that will become a tax bill from next year. An official from the ministry said:

“Related discussions have been taking place.“The revised bill will be drawn up by the first half of next year.” 

The Korean National Assembly has also been working on a crypto taxation bill. An eventual bill would increase the transparency on all parts of the process of trading digital coins. But for sure, Korea will try to tax capital gains from the sale of digital assets.

Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Markets and instruments profiled on this page are for informational purposes only and should not in any way come across as a recommendation to buy or sell in these assets. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. FXStreet does not in any way guarantee that this information is free from mistakes, errors, or material misstatements. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. Investing in Open Markets involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility.

  • Legislation is being prepared by the government in Korea to introduce a crypto tax capital gains.
  • It is expected to be released in early 2020 according to the Korea Times. 

The Korean government is undergoing preparation for legal tools to tax capital gains from the sale of crypto assets. 

Specialized legislation to target digital asset deals is expected to arrive from the tax season for 2020. 

The Ministry of Economy and Finance is working on building the measure that will become a tax bill from next year. An official from the ministry said:

“Related discussions have been taking place.“The revised bill will be drawn up by the first half of next year.” 

The Korean National Assembly has also been working on a crypto taxation bill. An eventual bill would increase the transparency on all parts of the process of trading digital coins. But for sure, Korea will try to tax capital gains from the sale of digital assets.

Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Markets and instruments profiled on this page are for informational purposes only and should not in any way come across as a recommendation to buy or sell in these assets. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. FXStreet does not in any way guarantee that this information is free from mistakes, errors, or material misstatements. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. Investing in Open Markets involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility.

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Crypto Analyst Calls Big Bitcoin Breakout in Three Days – BTC, XRP, Ripple, Litecoin Newsflash

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From Bitcoin’s short-term trajectory to Ripple’s push to bring blockchain to academia, here’s a look at some of the stories breaking in the world of crypto.

Bitcoin

A crypto analyst known in the industry as The Cryptomist says Bitcoin may be poised for a big breakout.

In a series of tweets to her 43,000 followers, the analyst says BTC appears to be in an ascending triangle and could breakout in a matter of days.

“A possible ascending triangle to look out for Like I have been saying for the past week and a bit. I am favoring longs right now, (however, possibility of one more move down for bears)…

Targets from last week remain the same:

– 7700
– 8450
– 9400

Not long now.”

Meanwhile, a fellow analyst who goes by the name Magic is far more bearish.

Although the analyst agrees that BTC may move to the upside in the short term, Magic tells his crew of 31,000 followers that the leading cryptocurrency will remain locked in a retracement for the foreseeable future.

“BTC and the others may try for an upside breakout in the coming days. However, if BTC puts in yet another lower high, it will likely breakdown below the recently contested critical support at 7250.

We may see a short term reversal, but BTC remains in a bear market downtrend.”

Ripple and XRP

The University of Texas at Austin says it’s looking to hand out grants to faculty members and graduate students who want to launch research projects centered on blockchain and cryptocurrency.

The program is backed by Ripple, which partnered with the university in November of last year to accelerate the understanding of blockchain in academia.

“The funding is made available through a generous gift made by Ripple Labs Inc.

Students and faculty members receiving funding from the initiative shall hold the title of ‘Ripple Graduate Fellow’ and ‘Ripple Fellow,’ respectively, during the funding period, and acknowledge the grant from the Blockchain Initiative at Texas McCombs in their research papers.”

Litecoin

Litecoin creator Charlie Lee says there are multiple reasons why LTC is a necessary and important crypto asset.

In a new interview on the Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast, Lee spotlights the coin’s biggest strengths and its overall liquidity.

“So with shorter blocktimes and cheaper fees [than Bitcoin], it’s quite good for payments and people use it quite a bit. And it’s also good for testing new stuff. Litecoin’s market cap is a lot smaller than Bitcoin’s. So we can take a little bit more risk and do stuff that potentially Bitcoin would be too conservative to do…

These network protocols, currencies – they have a network effect. So if everyone’s using it, you want to be using the one with the most liquidity, the one that’s on all the exchanges that you can easily switch back between fiat and cryptocurrency. So Litecoin benefits from that because, for example, the Chinese exchanges all added Litecoin as a second cryptocurrency.

And Litecoin now is on pretty much every single exchange. So it’s very easy for anyone, anywhere to move their money to Litecoin and obviously Bitcoin. So that helps a lot for onboarding new users. And that definitely has a network effect. Once you’re supported by all the exchanges – for example, two-thirds of the Bitcoin ATMs support Litecoin because it’s easy to implement and it’s supported everywhere.”

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