China’s Regulators Say Blockchain Technology Is Useful But Cryptocurrency May Not Be Equally Helpful

The chief of the International Department of China’s Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, Fan Wenzhong, cautioned about the “mythologization” of blockchain technology. He also said that blockchain technology is useful, indeed, but cryptocurrencies are not necessarily helpful.

At the 5th Fintech Bund Summit in Shanghai, held on July 8th, Fan Wenzhong claimed that although the blockchain is “an innovation with a significant meaning,” it is damaging to “mythologize” this technology.

Fan said it is hard to accept the blockchain technology as a “revolution” as the idea of multiple-entry accounting has been circulating for centuries. Fan affirmed that “decentralization is not a new trend, but a loop because the first human transactions were without central authorities.”

Fan reaffirmed the government’s stance on cryptocurrency, asserting that “the blockchain is a useful innovation, but that doesn’t mean that the cryptocurrencies, which the blockchain has given rise to, are necessarily useful.”

China adopted stricter cryptocurrency regulations but recognized blockchain technology as revolutionary

China has recently embraced a stricter position on cryptocurrencies. The South China Morning Post reported that by the end of May, the regulators had banned home-based access to 110 foreign cryptocurrency exchange platforms, while the authorities have conducted 300 investigations into criminal cases involving crypto coins.

In May, a report carried out by the Chinese government disclosed that the half-life of a blockchain project is 1.22 years and that only 8 percents of the blockchain projects thrown on the market are still up and running. Notwithstanding the gloomy assessment, China’s president, Xi Jinping, hailed the blockchain technology as part of the technical revolution.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, global scientific and technological innovation has entered a period of unprecedented activity. A new round of scientific and technological revolutions and industrial change is reconstructing the map of global innovation and restructuring the global economic structure.

Xi Jinping, President of China

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