Multi-Agency Task Force on Internet Finance of China
The People's Bank of China, Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, Public Security Bureau, Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, and the State Administration for Market Regulation, all organs of the People's Republic of China, make up a multi-agency task force on internet finance that first became active in September 2017.
Early that month, the task force made it known that all cryptocurrency exchanges in China would be closed and that existing ones had until September 15, 2017 to post a notice to their customers announcing their closing dates. On September 24, 2017 the members of the task force declared initial coin offerings to be illegal, and by November 1, 2017 all cryptocurrency exchanges in China were officially out of business.
Despite the government actions, trading and investing in cryptocurrencies continued surreptitiously. The China National Fintech Risk Rectification Office, an agency not usually mentioned as part of the task force, reported on August 23, 2018 that it had found 124 offshore cryptocurrency exchanges that were accessible from China. On August 24, the task force provided a warning to the public to be alert to illegal trading and Ponzi schemes.
- China Is Shutting Down All of Beijing's Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Exchanges. Fortune.
- China Bans Fundraising Via Cryptocurrencies, Known as ICOs. Wall Street Journal.
- Cryptocurrency Exchanges Officially Dead In China. Forbes.
- China Quietly Orders Closing of Bitcoin Mining Operations. Wall Street Journal.
- China Seeks to Block Access to 124 Foreign Crypto Exchanges. Coindesk.
- China warns public over ‘blockchain’ Ponzi schemes. Financial Times.