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Where Are Chinese Bitcoin Miners Going?

In September 2018, the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released a revised list of industries that it seeks to encourage, restrict or eliminate. The list included cryptocurrency mining, identifying it as an industry to be phased out due to its high energy consumption.

The NDRC’s move was in line with China’s efforts to crack down on cryptocurrency trading and initial coin offerings (ICOs), which have been illegal in the country since 2017.

The decision to Target cryptocurrency mining is part of China’s broader crackdown on non-essential energy-intensive industries in a bid to reduce pollution and conserve resources. The NDRC’s announcement sent shockwaves through the global cryptocurrency community, as China has been home to some of the largest cryptocurrency mining operations in the world.

So where are Chinese bitcoin miners going?

Some miners have relocated to other countries with more favorable regulations, such as Canada, Iceland and Sweden. Others have moved to rural areas within China where electricity is cheaper.

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And some have even resorted to setting up operations in secret, hidden from the authorities.

Despite the challenges, it seems that the show will go on for Chinese bitcoin miners. After all, they have already demonstrated their willingness and ability to adapt to a changing regulatory landscape.

And as long as there is demand for bitcoin, they will find a way to keep mining it.

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